Bicycles and escalators, these are two different things. But creative people can combine these two together to make life much easier. This happened in the city of Trondheim in Norway, in which there’s a steep hill called the Brubakken that most bicyclists won’t try to climb. It’s really steep!
Then in 1993, the city built a bicycle escalator called the CycloCable, originally known as Trampe, to promote cycling in the city and give the environmentally friendly activity a “lift”. And the inventor of this great activity is Jarle Wanvik, who hopes to market his design across the world in order to encourage more people to ride bicycle on the road.
The 130 meter-long (427 ft) bike escalator has a maximum capacity of six cyclists per minute and speed of 2 m/s (4-5 mph). The distance between footplates is 20 meters (66 ft). The first prototype was built in 1993 and during its 15 year operation it pushed more than 200,000 cyclists up the hill.
The Main Machine Structures of the Bike Escalator are: Drive train; Start station and exit station; Rail housing; Soft start launcher; Footplate; Carriages; Operation Panel; Emergency button; and an Electronic command system. You can read more about the technology and how it works here.
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.
In 2013 the bike escalator was upgraded to meet new safety regulations (it is now certified by the STRMTG (French Aerial Ropeway and Guided Transport Technical Services) in accordance with the European directive 2000/9/CE) and can now be used free of charge.