EcoSystems builds a unique, popular, all-weather 'gondola' bridge in Nepal which moves 40-80 adults or 80-160 children per hour safely each way across rivers up to 160 meters wide.
12 million Nepalese live in the Himalayan foothills where rivers are hazardous obstacles to education, health care and markets. Limited access denies many children an education, discourages proper health care, and increases the cost of goods. To cross more than 10 meters there have been only two alternatives: an extremely dangerous cable 'tween' wherein a makeshift trapeze or wooden box hangs from a pulley that often crushes the user’s fingers, or an expensive suspended walking bridge.
We estimate that 1,000 to 1,500 sites will be justified based on population distribution, service locations, and potential traffic.
We want to meet the Nepalese villagers’ requests for the WireBridges. The only limit to production is funding.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
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