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One thing that discourages people from using a bicycle as their primary mode of transportation is that it’s a little undesireable to show up to school or work sweaty. In hilly cities, riders are forced to heavily exert themselves during a typical commute, pretty much guaranteeing perspiration and discouraging bicycle use.

Jarle Wanvik, an avid bicyclist in Trondheim Norway, was able to solve this problem with his bicycle lift invention, a cable driven stepping-pad that pushes bicyclists up a steep hill that lies between Trondheim’s city center and the University. Though this prototype hasn’t been duplicated anywhere else, it’s an awfully clever hack that addresses the very real problem of encouraging human-powered urban transportation.

The Bicycle Lift: Sustainable Urban Transport -[via] Link.