A little push up the hill

By Greg

Wrapped into my update this past week about what it's been like to use a bike as one of my primary ways of getting around town was a lament/complaint/whining about pedaling up the rather large hill in downtown Albany.

Because of that -- and because it's Friday afternoon -- here's a video of the CycloCable, sort of a ski lift for bikes, in Trondheim, Norway. (See also this CityLab article about it a few years ago.)

The odds of something like this being built in downtown Albany are essentially zero, and probably for some good reasons. But part of me kind of wants to see it proposed just to watch the reaction to the idea.

I mean, it's no gondola...

Comments

This is America. We can't have nice things....

Up the hill on State Street would be very welcome. We do have that weird little bike track up the stairs to the Maiden Lane pedestrian bridge which I find harder to use than just carrying the bike.

Those downtown hills definitely aren't for everyone, but damn it feels good to put your head down and just plow straight up 'em. Your legs may feel like they're on fire by the time you reach the top, but that feeling is always overshadowed by the satisfaction of your accomplishment.

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