This Is a Bicycle Escalator

(Photos: Trampe/CycloCable)

Bike riding is very popular in Norway, especially in the city of Trondheim. But there's a steep hill in that city called the Brubakken that most bicyclists won't try to climb. It's just too steep.

So in 1993, the city built a bicycle escalator. It recently upgraded the escalator into the one you see pictured here. It's a lift that moves at about 3.4 miles per hour up a 427-foot hill with a gradient of about 10-18º. 

Push a button on the control panel at the bottom, and a small metal plate moves up the hill. Bicyclists can brace a foot against this plate and ride it up to the top of the hill.

The lift is called the Trampe or CycloCable. The inventor, Jarle Wanvik, hopes to market his design across the world.


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-via Twisted Sifter


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Here that kind of gradient refers to 'The Front Range' (of the Rocky Mountains). You'll find thousands of people, while the roads are snow-free, happily muscling their way up those inclines on their bikes. Feel the burn!

We more casual cyclists would like a lift though.
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