Prototype bike powered lifts, latest in active design.

I’ve been working on the design of buildings with ramped access balconies to encourage people to cycle between levels instead of just using the lift. I was all ready to publish a paper and have lifts banned by law (in the interest of public health), when an astute student named Clare forwarded this:


Clare, it is not only I who should thank you.


  1. Clare M says:

    It had been awhile since I perused your blog Steven! A pleasant surprise to see myself mentioned here. Back to the drawing board on that paper it would seem!

  2. Rudy Breteler says:

    Lifts banned by law? What about people with physical disabilities?

  3. Rudy Breteler says:

    OK, good to know. Don’t get me wrong, I just discovered your blog today, and as a recreational and commuter bicyclist myself I enthusiastically agree with your ideas. I wish more cycling advocates would dream as big as you do. Here in Boston, Massachusetts, we still consider it a victory whenever we manage to eliminate a few parking spots to make room for painted bike lanes–separate, protected cycling infrastructure is still far on our horizon. It’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of legal research on the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability case law these past few months, so the elevator comment stood out to me. I didn’t mean to be that person who silently agrees with the overwhelming majority of things on your page but leaves a negative comment about the one thing that bothered me. Sorry that I was.

    • Steven says:

      Ha ha! No worries 🙂 If you look on the “bicycletecture” link you will see a range of buildings that would not require lifts, because show gradient ramps reach every level. Deep lifts work for bikes too.

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