19
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Cable Car to Kuelap; Arthurs Seat Gondola Approval; Helicopters and Cable; Zipline Santa

Post by Chris Bilton

 

Kuelap ruins in Peru. Image via Wiki Commons.

Kuelap ruins in Peru. Image via Wiki Commons.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

 

Machu Picchu II (Peru)
Earlier this year, Peru announced plans to build a cable car to the Kuelap ruins, a mountain fortress built by the “Cloud People” around 500AD. Located in the northern part of the country,  the site has remained largely inaccessible to travellers. Anticipation for the cable car system, which is slated to open in 2016, was piqued once again with reports that Peru hopes to turn Kuelap into a “second Machu Picchu.”

Arthurs Seat Approval (Australia)
A tribunal in Victoria has finally green-lit the gondola project at Arthurs Seat, southwest of Melbourne. The new cable car system will replace the accident-plagued chairlift that once served the popular hiking and tourist destination — after a number of shut downs, the chairlift system was completely removed in 2013. The $18 million project is expected to attract some 159,000 riders per year.

Cable via Helicopter (Bolivia)
We’ve been following the construction and launch of the cable car transit system in La Paz, Bolivia, for some time now. But here’s a whole new angle to the story of how part of it was built: an interview with a member of the helicopter crew that hung all 4,000 metres of cable. (No word on whether they blasted “Ride of the Valkyries” while they were flying around with all that cable.)

Holiday Spirit (Brazil)
Tis the season… or something. Here are a few photos of Santa Claus zip-lining alongside the Sugarloaf cable car in Rio.



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18
Dec

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Ngong Ping 360

Post by Chris Bilton

Ngong Ping 360 cable car in Hong Kong. Image by Flickr user Laura Beasley.

Ngong Ping 360 cable car in Hong Kong. Image by Flickr user Laura Beasley.

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Photo by Flickr user Laura Beasley (creative commons).

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This 5.7-km cable car system, seen here traveling over over Lantau,  serves Hong Kong’s international airport.

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



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17
Dec

2014

Scuba Diving, Conservation and Cable Cars

Post by Steven Dale

Reef forest. Image by Flickr user JennyHuang.

Reef forest. Image by Flickr user JennyHuang.

Can recreation and conservation co-exist? 

Ask groups like the Grand Canyon Escalade opposition group Save the Confluence or the anti-Cheddar Gorge Cable Car circle at Keep Cheddar Gorgeous and the answer seems clear—no, they cannot. 

Yet, of course they can. Recreation and conservation are not mutually exclusive. Look at scuba diving, for example. The current thinking from that field suggests that, in fact, recreation within natural environments tends to lead more people to help with conservation efforts in those very places. 

It may seem like a contradictory argument at first, but it’s really not. Despite some well-founded claims that inexperienced divers can damage the corral reefs they’re supposed to be enjoying, the scuba-diving community is known for its advocacy, conservation and awareness programs. And this ethos originates from a place of tourism, business and recreation.

As a group of Southern Cross University scholars pointed out in a paper from 2012, some scuba divers move from an initial place of wanting simply “to see the big stuff” towards a more nuanced understanding of underwater ecosystems. Through their first-hand encounters with marine environments, they become “integral to raising conservation awareness within the wider community.”  Read more



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12
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Update on Mexico’s First CPT Line; POMA Partners with Algeria; a DIY Ropeway in China

Post by Nick Chu

 

Illustration of Pomagalski's cable car for La Defense. Image via defense-92.fr.

Illustration of Pomagalski’s cable car for La Defense. Image via defense-92.fr.

A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:

  • Reports indicate that Mexico’s first urban cable car, the Teleférico de Ecatepec, is now 33% complete. The CPT line will be connected to Lines 2, 3 and 4 of the Mexibús and will help reduce travel times by nearly half an hour. It’s estimated that once it becomes operational by December 2015, it will benefit upwards of 300,000 residents.

 



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09
Dec

2014

5 breathtaking gondola rides that should have made the Daily Mail’s list

Post by Chris Bilton

Stanserhorn CabriO in Switzerland. Image courtesy of CabriO.

Stanserhorn CabriO in Switzerland. Image courtesy of CabriO.

Back in October, the Daily Mail posted their list of the most breathtaking gondola rides in the world. The inventory of cable car systems, which included Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Teleferico de Merida in Venezuela, and the rotating Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in California, is impressive, if a little bit obvious. So we rounded up five more gondolas that offer uniquely breathtaking rides. 

Stanserhorn CabriO (Switzerland)

Opened in 2012 as an updated alternative to the 120-year-old rail funicular, the CabriO cable car provides access to the top of Mount Stanserhorn in the centre of Switzerland. Beyond the thrill of ascending the mountain along 2,320 metres of cable, riders can venture into the open air to check out the scenery on the gondola’s second deck. (Pictured above.)

Peak 2 Peak (Whistler, Canada)

Ostensibly created to service the ski resorts at the tops of Whistler-Blackcomb’s two major mountains, Peak 2 Peak has gained considerable recognition for its record-breaking innovation. The almost entirely horizontal system stretches from Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse Lodge to Blackcomb Mountain’s Rendezvous restaurant across 4.4 km of cable, more than 3 km of which is a free span — the longest in the world. At the time, its highest point (436 metres) held the world record for highest cable car. Discovery Channel even made a documentary about the construction of the system.

Peak 2 Peak in Whistler, BC. Image by Flickr user Dan Dan The Binary Man.

Peak 2 Peak in Whistler, BC. Image by Flickr user Dan Dan The Binary Man.

Roosevelt Island Tram (New York)

While not breathtaking in the natural majesty sense of the word, New York’s refurbished Roosevelt Island Tram nonetheless offers riders an impressive view of Manhattan, not to mention the waterfront skyline along the Hudson River’s east channel. Plus, this is the only CPT line to feature in a Spider-Man movie. 

Roosevelt Island tram. Image by Flickr user Chevar.

Roosevelt Island tram. Image by Flickr user Chevar.

Koblenz Rheinseilbahn (Germany)

The cable car system that services Koblenz was constructed specifically for the city’s turn playing host to Germany’s bi-annual Bundesgartenshau horticulture festival in 2011. Using advanced 3S technology, the gondola carries riders directly from downtown Koblenz to the area near the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress across the Rhine river — a trek otherwise requiring a roundabout surface route and a funicular.

Image by Flickr user Mundus Gregorius.

Koblenz Rheinseilbahn. Image by Flickr user Mundus Gregorius.

Mi Teleferico Red Line (La Paz, Bolivia)

The first of the three lines that make up the urban cable car system in Bolivia’s capital, Mi Teleferico’s Red Line opened in May of this year to the relief of the city’s gridlocked commuters. Aside from providing a convenient alternative to the traffic-clogged driving routes (the Red Line traverses its 2.4 km in around 10 minutes), the journey gives commuters a stunning view of the Andes and a look at the surrounding metropolis from nearly 500 metres up. 

Mi Teleferico's Linea Roja. Image by TheGamerJediPro (Wiki Commons).

Mi Teleferico’s Linea Roja. Image by TheGamerJediPro (Wiki Commons).



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05
Dec

2014

Weekly Roundup: Green Line (Linea Verde) Opens in La Paz; CPT Proposed for Paris’ business district

Post by Nick Chu


A quick look at some of the things that happened this week in the world of urban gondolas, cable cars and cable propelled transit:



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04
Dec

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Telecabine Lisboa

Post by Nick Chu

Telecabine Lisboa. Image by Flickr user wishmynamewasmarsha.

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Photo by Flickr user iwishmynamewasmarsha.

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Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



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