Trondheim, a university town and also Norway’s third largest city, has more cycling traffic than all the other Norwegian cities. 90% of the 30,000 students use their bicycles as their main source of transportation. This fact is slightly surprising because the city’s geography is anything but flat. In an effort to promote cycling, the city has invested roughly NOK 20 million ($3.2 million) over the past 20 years to create a cohesive network of bicycle infrastructure in the city.
One of the most important - and unusual - infrastructure elements is the bicycle lift 'Trampe'. 'Trampe' works much like a ski lift except that it is integrated into the bike path. To use it one needs a key card which can be obtained from the nearby bicycle repair shop Sykkelbua (address: Øvre Bakklandet 35). At the bottom of the steep 130 meter long hill cyclists place their right foot on the lift and receive a push which transports them upwards at a comfortable speed of 2 meters per second. Since its introduction in 1993, 'Trampe' has assisted more than 220,000 cyclists.
City planners take note: according to a recent survey, 41 % of the lift users claim they're using the bicycle more often because of 'Trampe'. Increased bicycle use and other human powered transportation cuts down on CO2 emissions. Creating infrastructure that is bike friendly stimulates use and is one way towards sustainable urban transportation. ::Autoblog Green ::Rocketboom