Trampe bicycle lift

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Coordinates: 63°25′41″N 10°24′14″E / 63.42806°N 10.40389°E / 63.42806; 10.40389

The Trampe runs up the curb side of this hill.
bicycle lift
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Built: 1993
Rebuilt: 2013
Builder: Design Management AS
Gradient: 20% (1:5)
Length: 130m
Speed: 1.5 – 2m/s (~7km/h)
Propulsion: Electric
Trampe keycards, Visa card shown for scale

The Trampe bicycle lift (Norwegian: Sykkelheisen Trampe) was the first, and only, bicycle lift in the world. The prototype was built in 1993 in Trondheim, Norway and was removed in early 2012. In 2013 it was replaced with updated technology under the name "CycloCable", developed by Skirail company belonging to French Poma group. Trampe is a Norwegian verb meaning "to stomp".


To use the Trampe, a keycard (see picture) was bought or rented. Buying and renting keycards both cost 100 kroner, but the fee was refunded when renting. The card gave unlimited numbers of use.

When using the lift, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal), the keycard was inserted in the card reader and one pushes the start button. After a few seconds, 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 made it hard to maintain balance on the footplate, and can result in falling off.

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

Teenagers sometimes rode (balanced on) the footplate without a bicycle, for fun.

See also[edit]

  • Shweeb a bicycle monorail with a proposed external power boost for hills

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