Tuesday 15 May 2018

Trampe – The bicycle lift of Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim of Norway is the first and only city in the world with a lift specifically designed for cyclists. This bicycle lift called Trampe, gets you to the top of a very steep hill, where it is installed, on your bicycle without actually riding it. Since it’s opening in 1993, the Trampe has reportedly pushed more than 220 000 cyclist up the very steep hill BBrubakken.
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Bikes are available for rent for tourist who want to test run. To use the lift, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal) and keycard, which also needs to be bought or rented, is inserted in the card reader and one pushes the start button. After a few seconds, the user is pushed forward to the top of the hill. From the description, it doesn’t seem like a very comfortable ride since it pushes you and not the bicycle. But apparently, the Trampe is quite popular among students of the Trondheim University, as 90% of them uses bicycles as their main mode of transport because of the Trampe.


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