17
Oct

2014

Weekly Roundup: Tender for Urban Cable Car in Brest (Téléphérique) Released.

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Urban Cable Car (Téléphérique) in Brest. Image from Capucins Brest.

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

  • The tiny pacific island of American Samoa once had a cable car, that is until a military plane severed the line during an exhibition. While the system has been out of commission since the 1980s, the governor is now looking to rebuild the cable car.


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16
Oct

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Telluride / Mountain Village Gondola

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Telluride / Mountain Village Gondola. Image by Flickr user Ken Lund.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user Ken Lund.

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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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14
Oct

2014

The Hybrid Monorail-Funicular-Cable Car?

Post by Nick Chu

Every so often we are confronted with wonderful and mysterious transportation devices (see Chinese Tunnel Bus). Today, we happen to come across the Sistema Monorail Con Funiculares (or the Monorail System With Funiculars) — a conceptual transit system designed by ECOLVIAS from Medellin, Colombia.

There’s not much information about this technology but it does make me wonder what type of advantages/disadvantages one might discover if you fuse monorail technology with cable cars. Perhaps it offers greater stability, capacity and/or speeds? Or maybe it’s as simple as being able to travel in style onboard teardrop-shaped cabins. Without any additional details it’s really anybody’s guess at this time.

But perhaps our engineer readers have a better idea and could provide us with your thoughts!



Big thanks goes out to Guenther for the link.



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11
Oct

2014

Weekly Roundup: French City, Le Havre, Studies Urban Cable Cars; Brno Mayor Promises Urban Gondola by 2017

Post by Nick Chu

Urban gondola alignments under study for Le Havre. Image from paris-normandie.fr.

Urban gondola alignments under study for Le Havre. Image from paris-normandie.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:

  • Le Havre, a French city of 250,000, is currently studying the feasibility of building a network of urban cable cars. The report is scheduled for completion by the end of this year. Two to three different alignments are now under examination which would link up places such as Jacques-Monod Hospital, the center of Montivilliers, Jenner, and an industrial area. 
  • After seeing the Montjuic Cable Car, Roman Onderka, the mayor of Brno was inspired build an urban cable car in the Czech Republic’s second largest city. The system is proposed to connect the Faculty of Medicine at Bohunice (in the southwest of the city) to the Pisarky tramway (in the northwest of Výstaviště) within 5 minutes. If he is re-elected, he believes the system can be complete in 4 years.


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09
Oct

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Gibraltar Cable Car

Post by Nick Chu

Gibraltar Cable Car. Image by Flickr user David Stanley.

Photographer: 

Photo by Flickr user David Stanley.

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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07
Oct

2014

Transcanal: The World’s Shortest Canal Chairlift?

Post by Nick Chu

Transcanal. Image from Wikipedia, by Tusco.

Tucked away in the picturesque seaside resort town of Palavas-les-Flots, there exists a nearly unknown (at least in the English speaking world) but delightful little chairlift called the Transcanal.

Built in 1977, the Transcanal is only 83m in length and transport joyriders across the coastal river of Le Lez for €1.20 (one way) or €2.00 (roundtrip).


The system connects riders to two separate beach areas in addition to the host of amenities on each side. On the “East” side station, riders are dropped off to what appears to be restaurants and an ice cream parlour while at “West” side station, passengers are provided with access to a casino and more touristy kitsch.

The two minute ride is arguably nothing spectacular but does demonstrate of how a small cable lift can be designed into the local environment. It’s a little difficult to tell from aerial images, but the stations appear to be fully integrated (if not somewhat connected) with adjacent buildings.

The great thing about this chairlift is that it functions as a complement to a small bridge located just a few hundred metres away. So arguably, the Transcanal play no “serious” transport role, rather it is merely a “fun” away to cross the river.

But as we discussed before time and time again, there’s nothing inherently wrong with fun, in fact it should be encouraged wherever and whenever it is appropriate.

There are countless scenarios where short-haul chairlifts and gondolas could provide a complementary and a high level of service and there’s a few that comes to mind.

But what do you think? Would small and fun CPT systems be welcomed in more cities? And where would you build one?

 

PS: A big thanks goes to reader Mira R. for the information and links!



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03
Oct

2014

Weekly Roundup: Berlin Shows Off Cabins; Urban Cable Car Projects in Brest & Constantine Chugs Along

Post by Nick Chu

Cabin Interior of Cable Car for IGA 2017 in Berlin. Image from Morgenpost.de.

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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