A pedestrian crossing in Mysore, India
Pedestrians in New York City jay walk during the evening rush hour in 1973.
A pedestrian at the intersection of Alinga Street and Northbourne Avenue, Canberra, Australia.
A sign in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, directing pedestrians to an overpass for safe crossing.

A pedestrian is a person travelling on foot, whether walking or running. In some communities, those traveling using tiny wheels such as roller skates, skateboards, and scooters, as well as wheelchair users[1] are also included as pedestrians. In modern times, the term usually refers to someone walking on a road or pavement, but this was not the case historically.[citation needed]


The meaning of pedestrian is displayed with the morphemes ped- ('foot') and -ian ('characteristic of').[2] This word is derived from the Latin term pedester ('going on foot') and was first used (in English language) during the 18th century.[3] It was originally used, and can still be used today, as an adjective meaning plain or dull.[4] However, in this article it takes on its noun form and refers to someone who walks.

The word pedestrian can have been used in middle french in the Recueil des Croniques et Anchiennes Istories de la Grant Bretaigne, à présent nommé Engleterre[5].

Other Languages
العربية: مشاة
aragonés: Piatón
azərbaycanca: Piyada
беларуская: Пешаход
български: Пешеходец
català: Vianant
čeština: Chodec
dansk: Fodgænger
Deutsch: Fußverkehr
eesti: Jalakäija
español: Peatón
Esperanto: Piediranto
euskara: Oinezko
français: Piéton
한국어: 보행자
հայերեն: Հետիոտն
hrvatski: Pješak
Bahasa Indonesia: Pejalan kaki
עברית: הולך רגל
Nederlands: Voetganger
日本語: 歩行者
polski: Pieszy
português: Pedestre
română: Pieton
русский: Пешеход
Simple English: Pedestrian
slovenščina: Pešec
српски / srpski: Пешак
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Pješak
svenska: Fotgängare
Türkçe: Yaya
українська: Пішохід
粵語: 行人
中文: 行人