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Minneapolis skyway.
Minneapolis skyway.
Skyway interior.
Skyway interior.
View through window.
View through window.
A three story +15 bridge in Calgary.
A three story +15 bridge in Calgary.
Map of the Des Moines Skywalk system.
Map of the Des Moines Skywalk system.

A skyway is a path that is traversed without touching the ground.

In an urban setting, a skyway, skywalk or footbridge is an enclosed (or covered) bridge between two buildings. This protects pedestrians from the weather. These skyways are usually owned by businesses, and are therefore not public spaces (compare with sidewalk). Skyways usually connect on the second or third floor, though they are sometimes much higher, as in Petronas Towers (though this skyway is often referred to as a sky bridge). The space in the buildings connected by skyways is often devoted to retail business, so areas around the skyway may operate as a shopping mall. Non-commercial areas with closely associated buldings, such as university campuses, can often have skyways and/or tunnels connecting buildings. At 16 km, the Plus 15 walkway in downtown Calgary, Alberta is the largest elevated system in the world. The system connects over 100 office towers.

Some cities have the equivalent of a skyway underground, and many locales have mixed subway/skyway systems; see underground city.

Some covered bridges (skyways) were ruined in the September 11th attacks, at the World Trade Center. Photo of one of the ruined bridges. ( (Note: This particular bridge/ skyway survives and has been restored since 9/11.) Also see here (

List of cities with notable skyway/skywalk systems

City Length Blocks Connected link
Atlanta, Georgia
Calgary, Alberta (+ 15 Walkway) 16 km ~64 blocks map (
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 15 blocks
Cincinnati, Ohio (Skywalk) 1.3 miles 15 blocks map (
Des Moines, Iowa 3 miles 27 blocks map (
Duluth, Minnesota miles ~17 blocks map (
Edmonton, Alberta (Pedway) km ~13 blocks map (
Hong Kong (footbridges)
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Skyway) >5 miles ~62 blocks map
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 16 blocks map (
Rochester, NY 20 buildings over 13 blocks map (
Saint Paul, Minnesota (Skyway) 30 blocks map (
Sioux City, Iowa 13 blocks map (
Spokane, Washington 16 blocks
Winnipeg, Manitoba 18 blocks map (

Other uses of the term skyway

In air travel, a skyway is a "highway in the sky"—the path that airliners take through the atmosphere. Skyway Airlines serves Missouri.

In local transportation, a skyway can be a ski lift or other suspended-carriage system, like an aerial tramway. In Jacksonville, Florida, the Skyway Express is a people mover.

Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Magic Kingdom also had Skyways of their own, for transporting guests around the parks in a similar fashion; Disney closed these Skyway attractions in 1994, 1998 and 1999, respectively.

The term may also simply refer to a high road bridge; examples are the James N. Allan Skyway, which bridges the opening of Hamilton Harbour between Burlington and Hamilton, Ontario, the Pulaski Skyway, which travels high above two navigable rivers in northeast New Jersey, Chicago Skyway, a toll road in Chicago, Illinois and the SLEX Skyway, an extended part of South Luzon Expressway which is uncompleted but in use.he:מדרכה עילית zh:人行过街天桥 Template:Commons


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