Back in 2007 D’log idly suggested an elevated aerial route cutting through Birmingham city centre…

“I’d like to see an aerial off-road bicycle-path that would go from BIAD to the Custard Factory, and then the Custard Factory up to the city centre. Try making that “as the crow flies” journey on foot today, let alone a bicycle, and it’s not pleasant. […] There might even be a crime-reduction pay-off; I’m thinking of mountain-bike mounted police able to look down on a wide urban scene from above, without the need for a helicopter.”

There may have been a few chuckles at such a blue-sky notion. But, in the news today: “Birmingham city centre set for cable car system linking transport hubs“. I guess it’s possible that bicycles could also be conveyed on that, although probably fixed into their own dedicated cable-car that would go ahead of your own. I’m guessing that unwieldy skis and ski equipment probably goes up in much the same way on Alpine cable car systems, and the designs for those could probably be adapted for bicycles. There would certainly have to be special “cargo” cars if the system is to serve train passengers with luggage. It’d be a bit of logistics and cost/security nightmare if the luggage had to be sent by van while the passengers soared off into the sky.