Nov 16, 2015
Research Issues, Safety

Are Gondolas and Cable Cars Safe?

Perhaps the most common question we’re asked about Urban Gondolas and Cable Propelled Transit is the safety question. Namely, are they safe? And while anecdotally we’ve always known them to be a remarkably safe technology, gathering clear statistical proof has been very difficult. Most countries don’t have readily available access to numbers on this and...

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Oct 07, 2015
Cable Transit Industry, High Speed Rail, Safety, Thoughts

Public Transit: Safety Should Never Be Compromised

Note: this is a repost from an original article in 2012. Last week, guest blogger Ryan O’Connor, wrote a brief analysis on the state of HSR (high speed rail) and the potential implications and lessons cable can learn from China’s recent love affair with rail. If you haven’t been keeping up-to-date with transportation news in...

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Dec 30, 2011
Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup: Riding A Ski Lift Is Safer Than Skiing (Or Driving A Car)

A few highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit: Safety’s always a big issue when discussing the concept of using cable cars and gondolas as mass public transit because most people incorrectly assuming the technology to be terrifyingly dangerous. As such, it was more than refreshing to see...

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May 05, 2011
Advocacy Issues

The 5 Most Common (and Cynical) Arguments People Use Against Urban Gondola Transit

ANY CHARACTER HERE One thing I love about cable is the questions and discussions it creates. Generally speaking, people are curious creatures and when confronted with the strange, bizarre and not-so-everyday, they want to know more. They ask questions, ponder and – for better or for worse – they come to their own conclusions. Those...

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Mar 09, 2011

Woman Spends Night In Gondola Cabin

Last week in British Columbia, a 25 year old woman spent 12 hours overnight stuck in an Excalibur Gondola cabin at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort. The woman was unharmed and the incident was chalked up to “human error.” Problem is, incidents like this will always put a damper on things. Anytime a city wants to...

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Nov 22, 2010
Analysis, Safety

What Can We Learn From Elevators?

The elevator is the world’s most used form of transit. Full stop. Arguably, it defines contemporary urban culture even more than the private automobile. It is so common, so normal, we never even think about it. It is ubiquitous to the point of invisibility. According to a wonderful article about elevators in the New Yorker, there are...

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Apr 20, 2010
Analysis, Urban Planning & Design

Public Transit is Scary for Women

Tactic 6 is the most important because it increases both perceived and actual levels of safety for all because riders can self-segregate as they see fit. It is also a tactic that only CPT can offer. The reason cable alone can offer this is simple: Drivers are too busy driving to be attendants. And if you...

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Jan 13, 2010
Research Issues, Technology, Thoughts, Urban Planning & Design

Cable Shut-down

Yesterday, in Lenggries Germany, a gondola system malfunctioned stranding dozens of riders in mid-air. Helicopters were were used in the rescue. There were no injuries. The system was built by a subsidiary of Thyssenkrupp, a manufacturer with little experience in cable transit. Detractors of cable technology – I’m certain – will use this as evidence...

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Nov 28, 2009
Analysis, Research Issues

Statistically Speaking…

. . . the chance of experiencing a fatality or injury while riding a cable system at a ski hill is lower than the while skiing itself. Enjoy the slopes!

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