Ray Bradbury's short story "The Pedestrian" is set in 2053, slightly more than a century after the date when it was written. By the beginning of the 1950s, the motor car had firmly established its dominance over the American landscape and way of life, and the television set was rapidly doing the same. Bradbury projects these trends into the future, imagining a society in which walking is so unusual that it has come to be seen almost as a subversive act, and everyone spends their evenings sitting in the dark in front of the television.
The protagonist, Leonard Mead, loves to walk alone in the evening, and he is not even going anywhere, simply enjoying the walk. The police patrol finds this conduct highly suspicious and decides to take him for psychiatric evaluation. As the story ends, they pass a house with "all of its electric lights brightly lit," which Mr. Mead identifies as his home. The house stands out as much as he does and identifies him as an eccentric and therefore a threat to a society which relies on passivity and conformity. It is not clear whether he has broken any law, but his personality is too independent and individual for the patrol to leave him alone.