Ropeways are a public transportation system that is taken seriously by environmentally-conscious cities. For a city, the features of a ropeway are very interesting. Ropeways, for example, do not need much space, can cross over any obstacle and can also save time. Furthermore, there are no conflicts with other traffic users and one engine is sufficient to move several vehicles. Ropeways are a very useful way of connecting sensitive recreation zones in urban areas. They are only in contact with the ground at a few points and have very little environmental impact. Cable-drawn ropeways in cities offer good views for the passengers in the cabins as well as enticing prospects for the future.
Features of ropeways of interest to cities
Ropeways have a small footprint and can easily be integrated into the cityscape. Towers and stations occupy little space. Dimensions of stations as reference values for urban planners and architects:
Length: 28 m
Width: 14 m
Height: 7 m
Length: 40 m
Width: 20 m
Height: 9.5 m
Passengers can enjoy a great view during a trip on an aerial tramway.
Tramways always have their own exclusive route, which they do not have to share with any other means of transport.
Aerial tramways can cross over obstacles in the air.
Aerial tramways are not affected by ground level traffic. The aerial route used exclusively by the tramway guarantees consistent travel times. Passengers are continuously transported - there are no timetables and waiting times.
Once the order has been placed, ropeways can be constructed very quickly. This is mainly possible thanks to the use of modular construction. The GD8 Narikala in Tiflis, Georgia, was implemented in just one year.
Ropeways are designed to handle steeper slopes than any other vehicle. A ropeway can be adjusted flexibly to the terrain.
Aerial tramways are used to connect sensitive recreation areas. The ropeway support towers located on the ground represent only a small intrusion into the natural environment along the route. While a road cuts a habitat completely in two, aerial tramways affect the ground at only a few points.
Ropeways use electrical power and therefore operate in an environmentally friendly manner. One motor is capable of moving several vehicles. The motor also serves as an electricity generator during braking. The energy consumption is adapted according to the number of passengers. Compared with many other transport systems, ropeways have a positive energy balance.
In comparison with other transport systems, ropeways require a relatively low capital investment and have low operating costs. A ropeway costs about half as much as a tramway and no more than 10% of an underground system.
The architecture of a ropeway system offers numerous creative opportunities: it can be given free rein in the design of the stations, help determine the type of construction and color of the towers, have an influence on the appearance of the cabins.
Successful application of ropeways in cities
“This new ropeway provides many benefits to the city of Ankara. For inhabitants of Yenimahalle in particular, today is a wonderful day, as traffic on the streets there will soon decrease significantly.”Melih Gökçek, Mayor of Ankara at the inauguration of the installation