Edinburgh could get Trondheim-style, hill-beating cycle escalatorby Carlton Reid
Thursday, March 2nd 2017 at 9:49AM GMT
A ski-style bike lift could be installed on a steep hill Edinburgh after the idea was short-listed for a share in millions of pounds of Scottish Government funding for cycle infrastructure. Such a lift has been operating in Trondheim, Norway, since 1993.
Four other schemes have also been shortlisted, including separated cycleways. All five of the shortlisted schemes – including another one in Edinburgh – will now complete detailed proposals thanks to £40,000 development awards.
Ian Maxwell of the city’s cycle advocacy group Spokes (which was founded in 1977) told the Scotsman he was sceptical of the bike lift idea:
“An electric bike would be a better bet for people who have problems cycling up hills,” he said.
“A bike lift could become a tourist attraction, but there are more important priorities for cycle spending.”