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If Only All Hills Were Equipped With These!

If there is anything ​urban riders hate more than going up steep hills, it is going up two steep hills!Trondheim, Norway’s third largest city, has a solution for this problem – a bicycle lift that was inspired by ski lift technology.

Trondheim’s old town center is on the shoreline.  Above it is a terraced residential area where most people live.  Unfortunately, the terraces are anywhere between 100 and 300 meters above sea level – the result is daily warm and sweaty trips between home, work and the shopping center.

Enter the inventor of the Bicycle Lift, Jarle Wanvik, himself a keen cyclist.

In 1992 the local traffic planners were looking for ways to increase the use of the bicycle road network, on which it had already spent many millions.

Wanvik presented his idea, the planners liked it, and the prototype went into action in 1993.Now, 220 000 trips and 15 years later, the lift has been modernised as the CycloCable.

Put a foot on the escalator’s angled platform and you’ll be pushed up the 150 meter climb at a speed of between 5 and 7 kilometers an hour – good for ​tired urban riders as well as pram-pushing parents.

Technique on the left and the 150 meter climb on the right.

This is the starting point – a piston gives you a shove to get you going.

Up to 5 people can use it simultaneously and it is not limited to bicycles, as it can carry basically any small wheeled transport with its owner, be it a kid with scooter or a mother with a baby stroller.

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