The CycloCable: A Bicycle Escalator
Cycling is a great way to get from point A to point B. It is healthy and environmentally friendly. But if your route involves a monster hill, it’s way too easy to say, “Naah. I’m taking the bus.”
Brubakken Hill, in the Norwegian city of Trondheim, doesn’t have many people saying that. In 1993, they were blessed with Trampe: a bicycle escalator that pushes riders up the giant hill.
To use it, a cyclist rides up to the station at the bottom and places their right foot on a footplate sticking up from the slot running along the curb. It moves all the way up the hill, lifting the rider along with it.
Trampe is the world’s first and only bicycle escalator so far. In 2013, it was rebuilt by a French cable-supported transport company SKIRAIL and renamed to CycloCable.
The company says it is eager to install bike escalators in cities around Europe, USA, Canada, and East Asia, but so far a lack of money has kept the market from taking off. It costs about $2,800 per meter, and can handle ascents of up to 500 meters (1,640 feet).