In British cities, as in other European cities, pedestrians' daily practices were refashioned by mass motorization and a new auto culture after the Second World War. Concentrating on people walking in urban areas, this essay examines the transformation of pedestrians in public space, where they increasingly became part of the technical infrastructure of traffic flows but were noticeably absent in debates over such matters. This essay seeks to get beyond the interests of powerful motoring groups that have been privileged in the street-life discourse in order to recover voices and practices of the people walking. Hence, the emphasis here is to render pedestrians' agency and activities more visible.

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