In the late 1800s, the spectacle of competitive walking was all the rage. Sometimes it took place in arenas with other pedestrians in the form of hours- or days-long “races,” and sometimes it was performed solo as feats of distance and time.
Ada Anderson, famous female pedestrian

Not everyone was a fan, particularly when pedestrianism spectacles took place on the Sabbath:

Not Everyone Pleased with PedestrianismNot until the invention of the safety bicycle (the sort we’re familiar with today) did the thrilling sport of pedestrianism fade into history.

It was the bicycle which killed pedestrianism

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