23
Jul

2014

Cable Skiing

Post by Nick Chu

Reader John D. from Florida sends us a link which shows us another use for cable technology that we’ve yet to document — Cable Skiing. Instead of having a motorboat pulling a water skier, a cable skier is towed by a electrically propelled rope line. Check it out.

Big thanks to John for sharing with us the video.

 



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18
Jul

2014

Weekly Roundup: 1 Million Users Transported on Linea Roja (La Paz)

Post by Nick Chu

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



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17
Jul

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Teleférico de Madrid

Post by Nick Chu

Teleférico de Madrid. Image by Flickr user Xuanxu.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user Xuanxu.

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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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16
Jul

2014

5 More Urban Cable Cars Announced in La Paz, Bolivia

Post by Nick Chu

Map of 5 new cable cars. Image from La-Razon.

It appears that 3 cable car lines in La Paz-El Alto weren’t enough to solve the transportation challenges in the Bolivian capital. This week, President Morales, has announced plans for the second phase of the city’s Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) network.

And this time around, the project is even more ambitious and more grandiose than the last. Five cable car lines will be implemented with a total cost of USD $450 million! That’s nearly two times the amount that was invested in the first phase.

It is still uncertain where the financing will come from nor when work will begin, but there is evidence to suggest that some costs will be covered via profits generated by the initial cable car lines.

The new Line 1 seems to be a westbound extension of the new Linea Roja (Line Red) with several stations throughout El Alto. The new Line 2 appears to be an east-west stand-alone line that is not connected to any other CPT system.

Line 3 seems to be an extension of Linea Roja once again. However, this time in an eastbound direction before it makes a southbound turn — which thereafter, the line effectively becomes the new Line 4.

Lastly, Line 5 appears to be an extension of Linea Verde (Line Green) with its terminus in the Cota Cota neighbourhood.

If somehow this entire proposal is fully built, La Paz will firmly cement its position as the undisputed world capital of cable cars.

And as always, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with any new developments.



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15
Jul

2014

Farm Ropeways in Japan

Post by Nick Chu

After we blogged about portable agricultural cableways last week, we received a number of emails from our readers in response. One of the most interesting messages came from Quentin and he has shared with us a video he found of an aerial farm ropeway operating in Japan. Check it out.

Unfortunately, beyond this video there doesn’t seem to be much information about the history and use of these systems in Japan. However, a similar ropeway seen on Mochi-Kou Machinery website indicates that it’s used to transport oranges and tea from the mountains.

If you happen to know more about these systems, we’d love to hear from you. Please send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



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11
Jul

2014

Weekly Roundup: Cable Cars Galore, More Systems Planned for La Paz, Bolivia

Post by Nick Chu

La Paz, Bolivia. Image by Flickr user Matthew Straubmuller.

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



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10
Jul

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Post by Nick Chu

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway-TimJ

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Photo by Tim J.

Photographer: 

Photo by Tim J.

About:

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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