Norway’s Bike Escalator

Biking, especially in major cities, is becoming more popular as the days go by. It is a great and not to mention fun form of exercise, plus it’s easy on the environment. Biking does however, have its uphill battles. Literally. Imagine working all day only to have to climb what seems like an endless mountain just to get home. Well the city of Trondheim, Norway says “Not in our town.” The recently updated CYCLOCABLE (formerly Trampe) is an escalator… for bikes! Designed to carry up to six riders at a time, you simply place your foot on a plate and enjoy the ride up at 4 mi (6.4 km) per hour.

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As you probably know, Elevator World, Inc. is located in Mobile, AL, USA. This part of our beautiful state is not exactly known for hills. Actually it’s more known for its lack of hills. That being said, I discussed this with a couple of colleagues in the office who are avid bike riders and we all quickly agreed that this is not needed here in Mobile. That is not the case elsewhere in the U.S. and the world. I know San Fransisco, CA, could certainly benefit from a CYCLOCABLE and as one of my colleagues pointed out, so could Montreal, Canada.

The French company SKIRAIL is responsible for the most recent update to the escalator and says it is “optimistic that cities in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Asia will contract them to build similar bicycle escalators.”

Could YOUR city benefit? Let us know why! Also be sure to check out the video below to see it in action.

Curious as to how it works? (You know we were!) Visit the CYCLOCABLE website to find out!

Thanks for reading,

– Caleb

The Biceberg – Automated Bike Parking System

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The Biceberg takes your bike (and–even better–your helmet and a bag) on an elevator ride to a protected below-ground area. When you want it back, just swipe a card and it’s automatically elevated back up to you.

In 2009, I posted this blog about a bike escalator.  However, The Biceberg is an entirely different animal.  This unique system is currently being used in cities across Spain with expected expansion across Europe.  Four different sizes are made to hold anywhere from 23 to 92 bikes underground.  When storing their bike, the user gets an access card and personalized code which makes it safe and very hard for bike thieves.  This is a very unique system that saves space and is ideal for urban areas.  You can find photos and read more by clicking  here.