World's second bicycle lift in Brussels
Capital's steep slope to get bicycle lift.
20 October 2008
A bicycle lift will be installed at the Brussels Mont des Arts (Kunstberg), one of the steepest slopes in the capital. The Brussels bicycle lift will be the second bicycle lift in the world (Trondheim in Norway also has one) that works with a tow lift system.
The bicycle lift is constructed following the principle of a ski lift. The cyclists step on the lift and place their free foot on a plateau. The lift pulls the cyclist to the top.
The lift will ascend Mont des Arts at 7 kilometres per hour.
The lift should be operational by May 2009 at the latest. In May Brussels will host Velo City, the largest bicycle conference in Europe. 1,000 representatives from international cyclists associations are expected to attend the conference.
Another bicycle lift will be installed at Ravenstein Street when the tram line is imbedded beside Central Station. There is also a plan to possibly install a bicycle lift for the steep incline at the Botanique (Kruidtuin).
The first bicycle lift in Norway: tested, tried and approved
The first bicycle lift was installed in 1993 in Trondheim, Norway. After an extensive test period, it became operational in Trondheim in 1998.
Some 20,000 to 30,000 cyclists use the lift every year. Half of them are students on their way to the university campus.
The pulley cable for the lift is underground. There have been no accidents on the lift to date.
The construction of the bicycle lift cost some €1,200/meter. In Norway cyclists pay €10 for an annual subscription to use the lift.
[flandersnews.be / Expatica]