If you thought a generously sized bicycle lane was the height of bike-friendly measures a city could offer, put Trondheim, “the bike capital of Norway,” on your passport list. That’s where riders get a unique assist in climbing a 130-meter long hill.
Now known as the Norwegian CycloCable, this is the world’s first bicycle lift designed for urban areas. A working prototype was first built in 1993, and since then it has boosted more than 200,000 cyclists up Brubakken Hill thanks to a footplate that softly launches and pushes the rider via their outstretched right foot. It’s pretty much like a ski lift, except with all of the machinery underground out of the way of pedestrians and motorists. The CycloCable is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and it’s believed to be the reason behind the local residents’ really buff right legs.