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Moving sidewalk Paris Expo 1900 Edison

A moving walkway or moving sidewalk, known in British English as a travellator or a travelator, is a slow moving conveyor mechanism that transports people across a horizontal or inclined plane over a short to medium distance.

The first moving walkway debuted at the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. It had two different divisions: one where passengers were seated, and one where riders could stand or walk. It ran in a loop down the length of a lakefront pier to a casino. Six years later a moving walkway was also presented to the public at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1900.

Today, moving walkways are mainly used in airports. Subproject B considers the extention of their use to an urban area.