Solving Urban Transportation’s Last-Mile Problem

City Monitor‘s article on Vigo, Spain’s recently installed moving walks came at an opportune time. Covered in this month’s issue of ELEVATOR WORLD, the Project of the Year winner “Mechanical Ramp of Gran Via Vigo” saw thyssenkrupp Elevadores S.L.U. install six top-of-the-line moving walks to transport up to 7,300 people/h. The rest of the story, it seems, include six more new outdoor moving walks, with a further dozen to come this year.

One of the six other escalators not mentioned in the EW Project of the Year 2021-winning article “Mechanical Ramp of Gran Via Vigo”

The article offers an interesting history of public escalators and elevators, which it calls “the most popular daily form of mass transit, used by over a billion people each day.” With more and more heavy-duty outdoor vertical-transportation equipment, Vigo is fast becoming a model for accessible urban last-mile excellence.

Vigo has playfully colorful public elevators, too.

Happy NEII New Year

No one at ELEVATOR WORLD is fan of Zoom screenshots. Most people look odd, old and disconnected (pun intended). However, in the January 2021 issue of their NEII Insider newsletter, our friends at the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) recently shared a lovely Zoom screenshot of the staff wishing the industry a Happy New Year. The colorful, doctored-up shot shows staff holding masks in front of a background of fireworks. Each team member looks happy, youthful and hopeful. Pictured are: Executive Director Amy Blankenbiller, Chelsea Chaney, Government Affairs; Nicole Van Velzen, Communications, Katelyn Baldwin, CodeFinder Database editor, Megan Hensley, project manager; new team member Phil Grone, Government Affairs; Kevin Brinkman, Codes & Safety and John Carlson, Codes. Cheers, NEII! All Zoom screenshots should look like this.

Mother Love

KONE’s mural in India’s NCR calls attention to the damage plastic waste can do to our water supply.

Manufacturing and technological advances are vital for a growing, healthy economy, but in recent years the demand for overseeing good stewardship of nature — of preserving Mother Earth — has taken the forefront. There was a time when people gave little thought to protecting the environment and our resources. It just seemed like there was an endless supply of everything, and that waste wasn’t a problem. Not anymore. Today, we’re finding out just how much damage we have done, and many companies are taking the lead in preserving and conserving. One such leader is KONE Elevator India. The wholly owned subsidiary of Finland-based KONE has launched a campaign to call attention to key environmental issues. The new program started in India’s National Capital Region (NCR), where KONE commissioned huge, outdoor murals calling attention to how discarded plastics are befouling water. Trash-filled lakes and rivers may not be the first notion for artwork, but KONE’s paintings are impossible not to look at. And, the message is clear: we must do better at preserving our environment.

“Our commitment to the society is an integral part of our value system and we, at KONE, have always engaged ourselves in various efforts to give something back to the society,” said Amit Gossain, managing director of KONE India. “As an environmentally conscious organization, this campaign is aimed at the betterment of the community through measures that will bring in sustainable development.”

Read more here.