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|Trampe keycards, Visa card shown for scale|
The Trampe bicycle lift (Template:Lang-no) is the first, and currently only, bicycle lift in the world. The prototype was built in 1993 in Trondheim, and it is still in service as of 2005. Trampe is a Norwegian verb meaning "to stomp".
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 in the card reader and one pushes the start button. After a few seconds, 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, the Trampe is used extensively by both commuting inhabitants of Trondheim and tourists with rented keycards.
Teenagers sometimes ride (balance on) the footplate without a bicycle, for fun.
- Official website
- Trampe - The bicycle lift at Trondheim.com
- Video of the lift in operation on YouTube