Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Bicycle Lift - TRAMPE

I'll get back to the Trondheim trip properly, soon.
But here's a little something which I thought might be of some interest, since it's the only one of it's kind in the world.
Trondheim has more bicycles per head of population than any other place I've ever seen, to the point where it's dangerous to be a pedestrian, since they're allowed to ride on the pavements.
Since there are a few steep hills in the town, cycling can be difficult, or easy, depending on which direction you are traveling.
This is the hill in question for this world first, the track of which can be seen to the right.
The TRAMPE - Bicycle lift was built in 1993.  Here's a closer shot of the workings.
Simply put a card in the slot, set your foot on the starting point, where the  wooden block is, push the button, and you get to the top of the hill with no effort. Here's the info board, well the English half.
Here's a couple of links for more information: website
TRAMPE on Wikipedia
youtube Video of the lift operating

Personally, I think it's a brilliant idea, and I can well imagine such a thing being an asset in some of the Lerwick lanes.

Yun's aa fir enoo


  1. Could have done with those in March. Lerwick to Scalloway, Tinwall Lerwick is not quite flat.

  2. Yeh seen that on TV before, great eh?