•Afoot bridge or pedestrian bridgeis abridge designed for pedestrian sand in some cases cyclists, animal traffic andhorse riders, rather thanvehiculartraffic.
•Footbridges complement the landscape and can be used decoratively to visually link two distinct areas or to signal a transaction.
•In many developed countries, footbridges are both functional and can be beautiful works of art and sculpture.•For poor rural communities in the developing world, a footbridge may be a community's only access to medical clinics, schools and markets, which would otherwise be unreachable when rivers are too high to cross.
•Simple suspension bridge designs have been developed to besustainableand easily constructible in such rural areas using only local materials and labor.
•An enclosed footbridge between two buildings is sometimes known as askyway. Bridges providing for both pedestrians and cyclists are often referred to asgreenbridgesand form an important part ofsustainable transportmovement towards more sustainablecities.•Footbridges are often situated to allow pedestrians to cross water orrailwaysin areas where there are no nearbyroadsto necessitate a road bridge.
•They are also located across roads to let pedestrians cross safely without slowing down the traffic. •The latter is a type of pedestrian separation structure, examples of which are particularly found near schools, to help prevent children running in front of moving cars.