Automatic detection of the pedestrian lane in a scene is an important task in assistive and autonomous navigation. This paper presents a vision-based algorithm for pedestrian lane detection in unstructured scenes, where lanes vary significantly in color, texture, and shape and are not indicated by any painted markers. In the proposed method, a lane appearance model is constructed adaptively from a sample image region, which is identified automatically from the image vanishing point. This paper also introduces a fast and robust vanishing point estimation method based on the color tensor and dominant orientations of color edge pixels. The proposed pedestrian lane detection method is evaluated on a new benchmark dataset that contains images from various indoor and outdoor scenes with different types of unmarked lanes. Experimental results are presented which demonstrate its efficiency and robustness in comparison with several existing methods.