WARNING: If you're a bicycling purist, turn away now.
But if you're one of those people who says you'd cycle much more if not for all those hills, take note: A lift for you and your bike could be coming to your city.
The idea is simple, albeit it would take a tad getting used to. Get to the bottom of the hill, keep your roadside foot on the bike's pedal, and put your inside tootsie -- and all your weight -- on a pad that sits on the road or sidewalk. Up you go, pushed by a buried cable attached to the pad.
The system, called the CycloCable, is made by France's POMA Group, a company that is well practiced in all sorts of cable transportation systems ranging from land-based and aerial lifts for cities, ski-resorts and tourist areas.
POMA has been been operating a CycloCable for a couple years in Trondheim, Norway, where it is called the Trampe CycloCable, based on a lift that has assisted cyclists up the 426-foot Brubakken hill since 1993.
Given financing and engineering challenges, it might be a while before this idea climbs to the top. Purists are safe for now, except in Trondheim. But watch for the CycloCable to eventually get into gear elsewhere.