This Ingenious Bike Elevator Helps Norwegian Cyclists Up Steep Urban Street

  • Date: 09/18/2023

If you’re a cyclist in San Francisco I’m guessing you will be massively jealous of the Trampe Bicycle Lift, located in Trondheim, Norway. It’s nothing new (operating since 1993) but the system invented by Jarle Wanwik remains the first and only bike lift in the world. Here’s a quick explanation of its operation from Wikipedia:

"Use of Trampe is free. When using the lift, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal). After pushing the start button, the user is pushed forward and a footplate emerges. A common mistake among tourists and other first-time users is that they don’t keep their right leg outstretched and their body tilted forward. This makes it hard to maintain balance on the footplate, and can result in falling off. In the summer months, Trampe is used extensively by both commuting inhabitants of Trondheim and tourists."

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