Posts Tagged: Squamish

11
May

2012

Weekly Roundup

Emirates Air Line on its first test run. Image from Demotix.

A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • Sea to Sky Gondola proposal in Squamish, B.C. is one step closer towards realization. The provincial government has introduced a bill that will allow towers to be built in parklands.
  • 853blog takes a closer look at the Greenwich Peninsula Cable Car station design for the Emirates Air Line in London
  • As mentioned above, testing is underway for the Emirates Air Line. Click here for more photos and see below for video of first test run.




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23
Mar

2012

Weekly Roundup: More Sea to Sky Gondola

How the Sea to Sky Gondola in British Columbia may change hiking. Image via Straight.com.

A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit (admittedly, it’s been a slow week):



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16
Mar

2012

Weekly Roundup

Cabins flown to the top for installation in the Teleferico de Merida, Venezuela. Image via Skyscrapercity.

A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

 



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02
Mar

2012

Weekly Roundup: All Aboard The Hogwarts Express

Should I be embarrassed to admit that I didn't even know such a thing as a Howarts Express even existed? Image by flickr user eefeewahfah.

A quick look at some of the highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • Here’s something we bet you never (and we mean never) would’ve expected to read: The website Screamscape is reporting that Cable Transit manufacturer Doppelmayr will build a Harry Potter-themed Hogwarts Express for Universal Studios Florida.
  • But back to this whole Hogwarts Express thing: I’ve never read the Harry Potter books and only saw one of the movies . . . but I still think this is kinda’ pretty awesome. We’ll come back to this next week.


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18
Nov

2011

Weekly Roundup: A Cable Car Gift For Sarajevo

A couple highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • While not urban, this is certainly an interesting development: The SkiLink gondola project will link the Canyons and Solitude resorts in Utah. The project is intended solely as a transportation system between the two resorts and is expected to “reduce ski season traffic through Big Cottonwood Canyon by as much as 18,000 cars per year. Initially that means around 1 million fewer miles driven per year.” Should be an interesting one to follow.


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11
Nov

2011

Weekly Roundup: No Gondola At It Again

A couple highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • The Philippine Daily Enquirer reports that the Philippines has (with little notice from the outside world, we might mention) implemented up to 100 ropeway systems throughout the country for agricultural purposes. The systems can carry both farmers and their products throughout the oftentimes difficult Phillippine topography.
  • A Letter to The Editor outlines a case against the proposed Squamish, British Columbia Sea-to-Sky Gondola.
  • German-language news program MoMa Reporter discusses the impact of Rio’s Complexo do Alemao Teleferico (around the 3:00 mark). As always, our German-speaking readers are invited to provide any translations in the comments below.
  • Fox 12 Oregon reports on aerial rescue exercises held for the Portland Aerial Tram. That in itself isn’t nearly as interesting as the fact that the report states that since 2007 the Tram has carried a whopping 6 million passengers. Pretty impressive for a two stop, 1 km long system.
  • And lastly, here’s a good example of a win-at-all-costs strategy that gives grassroots advocacy a bad name: The anti-Burnaby Mountain Gondola team over at No Gondola continues their creative reporting of facts in a recent post titled Burnaby Mountain Gondola Does Not Have Full Support of Local Residents. While the headline itself is correct, it’s highly misleading. Firstly, the survey they are reporting on shows that 47% of residents support the project with 39% opposed. Secondly, what project or program or policy ever has “full support” of local residents? Never happens. This is an incredibly weak argument equivalent to saying steak is a bad meal because not everyone in the world likes to eat beef. For more of No Gondola’s tactics see this post as well as the ugly debate that broke out last month over the term “cherry-picking.”

 



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07
Oct

2011

Weekly Roundup: Techno-Fetishism, A Trapped Woman & More Burnaby Mountain

A few highlights from around the world of Urban Gondolas, Gondola Transit, and Cable Propelled Transit:

  • Jarrett Walker of Human Transit indulges in a little bit of “technology fetishism” by profiling the Wellington Cable Car.
  • Provincial Member of Parliament Kennedy Stewart indicates that he will launch his own public consultation process in regards to the controversial Burnaby Mountain Gondola.
  • The Chair of Tourism Squamish issues a public endorsement of the Squamish Sea to Sky Gondola.
  • Briton Nigel Carter is petitioning Brighton and Hove City Council to assess plans for a city-wide cable car. Information is scant, but phrases like “city-wide” don’t exactly inspire confidence in the scheme. If you’re British and think this is worth looking at, sign the e-petition here.
  • At a People Movers seminar in Britain, individuals associated with the London Thames Cable Car describe the benefits of cable cars and gondolas. Given the cost-overruns of the London Thames Cable Car, one can only hope they didn’t list cost-efficiency as one of said benefits.
  • Speaking of the London Thames Cable Car: It now has a sponsor – Emirates Airline. According to London Reconnections, Emirates will purchase the naming rights of the system for a whopping £36m. The system will be called The Emirates Air Line. Take a look:

 




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