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) is 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) is bought or rented. Buying or renting a keycard costs 100 kroner, but the fee is refunded. The card gives the rider an unlimited number of uses.

When using the lift, the right foot is placed on the starting point (the left foot stays on the bicycle pedal), the keycard is inserted into the card reader. 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 with rented keycards.

See also[edit]

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

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