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The elevator, which can fit 28 people, continues the descent of visitors into the river valley. The glass elevator helps visitors feel like they’re being dropped into the forest. Much like the funicular above, the elevator allows cyclists to enter from one side of the car and exit from the other, avoiding them to turn their bicycle around. Pedestrians can walk up the steps surrounding the elevator and enjoy the views above and below it easily. Inclusive Design is a creative approach that prioritizes accessibility. The custom cabs built for both the Funicular and Elevator exemplify this design focus. The custom builds allowed the designers to tailor the dimensions of both cab designs for the multitude of users enjoying the Funicular journey. The Edmonton River Valley visitors use many different modes of transportation: skateboards, bikes, bike trailers, Segway’s, hoverboards, wheelchairs, and walkers. The design team mocked up a number of different cab sizes and came up with custom footprints. The Elevator accommodates a bike with a bike trailer behind it, while maintaining a straight in/straight out move of access. The straight in/straight out feature prevents cyclists and wheelchair riders from having to turn around to get in and out of the elevator and the funicular.