Norway Has The First And Only Bicycle Lift In The World

Climbing uphill on a bike isn't for everyone. It's one of those rare situations when having a bike is more trouble than it's...


Climbing uphill on a bike isn't for everyone. It's one of those rare situations when having a bike is more trouble than it's worth. So what can we do to make it easier for bikers to get to the top? The perfect solution to this problem can be found in Trondheim, Norway. The city has a 130 meter long uphill route up Brubakken Hill that's always been a real challenge for bikers to climb. Inspired by ski-lifts, the city leadership decided to build Trampe, a bike escalator that would help bikes, scooters and baby strollers get to the top.
As you can see on the images below, all you have to do is step onto the pedal with one foot while sitting on the bike and let the machine gently push you up to the top with a steady speed of 5 mph. The city has benefited greatly from this seemingly simple improvement since it was installed in 1993. Not only has this awesome machine served about 200,000 people since then but it has also attracted a lot of tourists and inspired other cities all around the world to implement a similar device.
The best thing about Trampe however is that it's very small. It's basically just a moving pedal sticking out of the asphalt so it doesn't take up much space. It also doesn't get in the way of either pedestrians or cars which makes it really easy to implement in other cities, too. So kudos to the city leadership of Trondheim for showing the rest of the world how to make every part of the city accessible to cyclists.

  
  




  
via: [Demilked

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