From Hilly Laine to Muesli Mountain the inclination to altitude has been a defining feature of the area. It has good points: stunning view, walking workout to keep us trim, and such a climb does to an extent keep us local – especially toward the top where only those with a reason will generally venture.
It does cut us off a bit though. Its hard on those not up to the climb. It also keeps us in our cars… Bringing the family shopping back up Southover is a bit daunting; it is tempting to hop in the car and off to Asda, or to go online for the home delivery. Both options ‘work’ for the individual but are rubbish for the local shops down the hill that need our trade to keep going.
A flight of fancy becomes a flight of (moving) stairs…
A couple of years back someone advertised a free ‘shuttle’ service up the hill. Don’t know what became of it specifically, but can guess generally. Someone also once suggested a hoisting device for cyclists, but this is probably a bit too exclusive.
This is the way they do it in Barcelona; arriving at Gaudi’s inspiring Park Guell would make the climb well worth it, and this public street escalator is just a bonus. Imagine one in Hanover – straight up Southover.
p.s. we do have a ‘bus’ but turning that into a viable option requires more imagination than there is room for in this post.