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Instant skyway

Cross busy streets with ease!
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Skyways are ugly, that's one of the reasons there aren't more of them. I'd like to see sky ways that slide like silver rainbows out of the ground when people push a button.

The other thing I'd like (and I have no idea how to do this) is a portable skyway, like inspector gadget's arm so I could make one anywhere I wanted... maybe buckminster fuller can help me out here....

futurebird, Jun 30 2001


       If we have skyways in the Colonies, we call them something else. But the one-two references to Inspector Gadget and Buckminster Fuller sealed the deal!
The Military, Jun 30 2001

       I'll go for this one.
Dog Ed, Jun 30 2001

       You might be interested to know (perhaps) that when you press the button on a pedestrian crossing, the lights only change when it causes least disruption to the passing traffic. Check out how many times it's only the last car in the traffic queue that has to stop, and how much quicker the lights change when your trying to cross the 'leaving town' lane than the 'going into town' lane.
DrBob, Jun 30 2001

       PeterSealy, again you enlighten. Those constructs are a rarity here. Our "flyways" (freeway overpasses) are quite nice, though. Great concrete ribbons latticed and tiered to the heavens speak volumes about us culturally, don't you think?
The Military, Jun 30 2001

       Just go to Aragain Falls and wave the sceptre.
supercat, Jun 30 2001

       Sad but true. Especially so considering nearly 80% of the state is wetlands. But please know...I did not act alone.
The Military, Jun 30 2001

       I've heard them called "skybridges" here. But why are they considered ugly? Surely they're no more ugly than the road they cross... and the ones between buildings are often quite interesting.
egnor, Jul 01 2001

       <grins at Supercat> Odysseus!
StarChaser, Jul 01 2001

       Yes! The beauty here being the solution is both practical *and* miraculous.
The Military, Jul 01 2001

       They're skyways in Minneapolis, a network of walkways between buildings that let you walk from one end of downtown to the other without waiting for a light to change. You could sink a toroidal frame half in the ground with counterweighted steps that always face up, turn it slowly and it conveys you in a big arc over the top. Kinda heavy industry next to your silver rainbows, though.
djymm, Jul 02 2001

       The solution is obvius... put little cannons at intervals along roads and people can launch themselves across...
RobertKidney, Jul 03 2001


       You have moved into a room that is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue...
RayfordSteele, Feb 04 2002

       dj, Skywalks and Skyways are all over Minnesohtah dontjaknow. Golly, it`s our TRADEMARK fer gosh sakes ! A guy can walk from his barn out in Elk river to Duluth if a guy so chooses. OOF-DAH
rsn10588, Jul 21 2005


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