Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do you need a bicycle lift?
It effectively helps promote cycling. In Trondheim, people have at least one bicycle each. A lot of these have not been used for several years. The Bicycle Lift inspires to pedal the bike again.
2. Don't people need the exercise?
People using the bicycle as a means of transport do not necessarily want to get very warm and sweaty. And taking on the bicycle will keep them in better shape regardless.
3. When was Trampe installed?
In August 1993. It was authorized for unmanned operation in May 1994. It was dismantled in 2012 and replaced by CycloCable in 2013.
4. Is the Bicycle Lift much in use?
When it was card operated we had 20—30.000 trips per year. Now, when it is free of charge we expect a huge increase in these figures.
5. How long is the lift?
The one in Trondheim is 130 meters long.
6. How long can a bicycle lift be?
Based on calculation, there is a maximum length of 500 meters.
7. What is the speed of the lift?
1.5—2 meters per second.
8. What is the transport capacity?
Maximum 300 cyclist per hour, and ideally, five cyclists can take the lift simultaneously. One can enter the lift every 12th second.
9. How is the technical design?
Its functionality is reminiscent of that of a ski lift. It consists of a wire rope with 11 foot plates attached to the rope. At the starting point, there is an accelerator (kind of piston) to make the start easier. The foot plate takes over the cyclist after the accelerator. When leaving the foot plate it vanishes into the rail housing. For a more thorough description, go to the 'Technology' section.
10. Is the Bicycle Lift patented?
11. Have there been any accidents?
Since the opening back in 1993, there have been no accidents.
12. Do you need a strong leg to take Trampe?
No, it is more or less a matter of technique. Unless performed correctly, the Bicycle Lift may seem exhausting. It is extremely important to move the body weight from the bicycle to the footplate.
13. How much do you charge for using the lift?
The lift in Trondheim is fee of charge for all kind of users. It is however possible to install a card or chip reader for a subscription option.
14. What are the building costs?
15—20.000 NOK per meter—pretty much the same building costs as an ordinary bicycle road in urban areas.
15. Who is the owner of the Trampe/CycloCable®?
Design Management AS and POMA GROUP own all the patents and licenses. The CycloCable in Brubakken,Trampe, is financed by an environmental support package called “Miljøpakken”. It is operated and managed by the local Public Road Administration.
16. What is the market potential of Trampe/CycloCable®?
Trampe/CycloCable® is the only existing bicycle lift for urban areas on the market. In spite of being the single offer, the competition in the bicycle infrastructure market is hard. Bicycle lift is only one of many option to put investment money into. A lot of cities are slowly become aware of the big advantage to support cycling as a preferred mean of transport—in commuting, shopping and leisure. In most cities there is a huge uncovered need for more bicycle roads, bridges, parking facilities, cycling security issues, cycling campaigns etc.
Up till 5 years ago there has not been so much money available for the investment in bicycle infrastructure. This situation has quite dramatically changed in recent years. Politicians and policy makers are now a lot more aware of the positive effects of bicycle transport in city planning. Less traffic jams, less parking problems, faster and better city center accessibility are among all the advantages. We have good reasons to be optimistic regarding the future market of Trampe/CycloCable®.
SKIRAIL and POMA are now following up a number of cities in Europe, USA, Canada and Far East countries like South Korea. They have all plans for installing bicycle lifts in the coming years. However we are not yet expecting a rush simply because of the large uncovered need for basic bicycle infrastructure such as bicycle roads in most cities.
17. Where can we buy the Trampe/CycloCable®?
Please contact one of the following:SKIRAIL
272 route des Bauches
PAE des Bromines
74330 Sillingy – Annecy
+33 6 12 13 09 49
firstname.lastname@example.org Pomagalski (POMA)
109 rue Aristide Bergès
Tel: 04 76 28 70 00