If you’ve been skiing, you’ll know what a relief it is to have a helping hand to get to the top of the mountain. While cycling in urban areas and faced with a hill, you might have thought how nice it would be to have the same assistance. That’s where this Norwegian design comes in.
The prototype of this bicycle lift, Trampe, was built in 1993, and is arguably one of Trondheim’s most famous features, helping cyclists up the 130m long Brubakken Hill. The lift was recently upgraded to meet new safety regulations, and the new industrialised version could now be installed in any city in the world, using its new name, CycloCable. The lift can help cyclists, those using a scooter, or pushing a baby stroller, and pushes the rider at about 4/5 mph. Despite appearing to be an aid for the lazy, the idea of Trampe is to encourage people to cycle more, instead of being put off by the idea of steep slopes. Would you like one of these where you live?