Mental Floss

People Movers Beyond the Airport

Jill Harness

Just because the people of your city are supportive of bicycle use doesn't mean the terrain itself is. When it comes to massive hills, all but the most dedicated cyclists will often find themselves discouraged. Fortunately, the people of Trondheim, Norway, have found a way to work around this problem.

Trondheim installed an experimental Trampe System, designed by Jarle Wanvik. The basic concept allows the bike rider to place one foot on the lift and be tugged to the top of the summit. The hill chosen for this first Trampe is near the downtown area and close to the university, so it gets plenty of use. Its success may just inspire more systems throughout the city and beyond.