Weekly Roundup: Cow Power

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:

Fun fact: A cow produces 148lbs of maure per day. Image by Flickr user Smudge 9000.

  • The Mount Killington Resort in Vermont has announced they will start harnessing the power of their state’s 10,000 dairy cows. The daily 100,000 gallons of manure will be converted into electricity to power the resort’s cable lift.
  • The Ministry of Environment in British Columbia is expected to soon issue a park-use permit which will allow the proposed Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, B.C. to begin construction.
  • More controversy coming from London’s Emirates Air Line gondola – despite the success of the system during the Olympics, recent data suggests that ridership numbers have dropped since the conclusion of the games. In order to encourage more riders, there have been requests to revise the fare structure of the cable lift so that rides are included on the Oyster travel card.
  • Talks of starting a cable car project in Medway, England has resurfaced. The proposed system would link Chatham with Medway City Estate.
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  1. cow pie cable!
  2. Minor typo - it is not Medley - it is Medway - a river draining into the Thames in Kent. It encompasses a number of towns including Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester. The site of a Royal Naval Dockyard - the river and docks present the usual opportunity for cable to span otherwise problemtic voids.