From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016

This example comes from China: Guangzhou City pedestrian flyover. Also known as footbridges, pedestrian bridges, pedestrian overpasses, or pedestrian overcrossings, and yet others, examples abound in many parts of the world.

These structures pass no tests of transport efficiency, sustainability, environment, equity or social justice.

Because they are so very bad at doing their purported job (i.e. [protecting and providing a safe, comfortable and efficient walkable environment for people on foot (or cyst, or wheel chairs or for the elderly, etc., and because they so often fascinate architects and politicians, we intend from time to time in the NM Fine Arts Collection, show you other examples of how they (do not) work


  • For additional background and a first round of references have a look at “No footover bridges in the name of clean air!!.” on World Streets at

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* Have something that you think World Streets readers might appreciate as they wander the Fine Arts  Collection in 2017? Post it to and we will share it with some of our curators and eventually enter it into the Collection.

Chief curator:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as a development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and international sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport - . | Britton online:

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