Pedestrianism as a method of scientific research rooted in ethnographic realism. It consists of walking with a person for a few hours as a way of questioning everyday practices and places, while the person talks about their experience. This method opens up opportunities to better understand daily activity and make connections between walking, time, and space.
Pedestrianism identifies how pedestrians view their surrounding environments in relation to their values and attitudes. This makes it possible to examine how the participant identifies with a particular place, and in so doing, creates stories of place and navigates in their changing environment. In addition, pedestrianism incorporates rhythm, walking speed in relation to the regular flow of the street, and urban sounds to distinguish urban patterns and analyze different relationships between places.
Pedestrianism is a research method where the researcher follows the participant to explore their experience and sensitivity in all its complexity and magnificence using different media, including photography and qualitative geographic information systems. This makes it possible to explore the meaning, perception, and significance of the importance of walking for different groups and individuals with respect to a given place.
Pedestrianism thus makes it possible to embrace an evidence-based approach to document evidence-based public health interventions.
Miaux et al. used pedestrianism to promote better communication between residents, urban planners, and transportation authorities in three boroughs in Montreal, including Plateau Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie, and Anjou. It improved ways of thinking about how to make the urban environment more walkable.
Irvin for his part used this method to explore the journey of a person diagnosed with HIV infection in New York City. Pedestrianism thus can be used in a variety of fields.