Trampe bicycle lift

In the city of Trondheim, Norway lies a hill that’s big and steep enough to deter casual cyclists. To help promote cycling in the city and give the environmentally friendly activity a ‘lift’, a bicycle escalator called the CycloCable was installed

What is a Tramp Lift?

A trampe lift consists of a pedal mounted on a curbside track. The cyclist remains astride their bicycle and puts one foot on the conveyance’s pedal, which is attached to a cable within the track. The pedal rises, pushing the bicycle and rider uphill. It also works for kick scooters. This system can be used for ascents of up to 500 metres (1,600 ft).

Unique invention in the world

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 under the name of Trampe (now renamed CycloCable) and during its 15 year operation it pushed more than 200,000 cyclists up the hill in Trondheim known as Brubakken.

The Trampe bicycle lift runs up the curb side of Brubakken in Bakklandet.

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
  • Electronic command system.


The use of Trampe is free. When using the lift, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal). After pushing the start button, the user is pushed forward and a footplate emerges. A common mistake among tourists and other first-time users is that they don’t keep their right leg outstretched and their body tilted forward. This makes it hard to maintain balance on the footplate, and can result in falling off.

In the summer months, Trampe is used extensively by both commuting inhabitants of Trondheim and tourists.

Place: Trondheim, Norway

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