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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Bike Elevator

Madison is a great city for biking. For most of my commute to work, I take off-road bike paths. Past community gardens. To the path along the lake. Where there is a bike elevator. To take up the hill to the Capitol.

You'd think that only the out of shape. The new. The wimpy. Bikers. Would be on that elevator. But every morning. I roll in. With muscled women and men. In biking clothes. Who take the elevator.

I roll in to the right. And am joined by another 2 or 3 bikers. The elevator is just the right length. For bikes. Sometimes. Someone who wants to get on when it's full. Pulls up their front tire. And rolls in vertically. And up we go. I ask, "4 and 5?" And press the buttons. And we ride up. Together.

4 Comments:

Blogger Susan as herself said...

I have never seen one of these, but it sounds like a fine thing!

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever seen a bicycle escalator? Check out this YouTube video of one in Norway....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryCWIjdVF0g

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Jacqueline DeCarlo said...

Hey, I am so glad to know about this blog. After working together in the Fair Trade world for 9 years I get a new view of your travels (by bike elevator in wonderful Madison) or range rover in Madagascar!

Jackie

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Betsy said...

Good for people to know.

12:02 PM  

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