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A pedestrian is a person traveling on foot, whether walking or running. In some communities, those traveling using roller skates, skateboards, and similar devices are also considered to be pedestrians. In modern times, the term mostly refers to someone walking on a road or footpath, but this was not the case historically.
Health and Environment[edit | edit source]
Regular walking is very important for both a person's health and the natural environment. Obesity and related medical problems can be effectively prevented and/or cured by moving on foot on a daily basis. The widespread habit of taking the car for short trips significantly contributes to both obesity and climate change, owing to vehicle emissions, as internal combustion engines are extremely inefficient and highly polluting during their first minutes of operation (engine cold start). General availability of public transportation encourages walking, as it won't, in most cases, take one directly to one's destination.
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- US Pedestrian Advocacy Groups
- UK Pedestrian Advocacy Group
- New Zealand Pedestrian Advocacy Group
- Transportation Alternatives: Pedestrian Advocacy
- Pedestrian InRoads - US Pedestrian advocacy group
- Perils For Pedestrians on Google Video
- Walkable Communities
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