This is a video of the bicycle lift in Trondheim, Norway. The lift was installed in September 1993 to help cyclists get to the top of the steep Brubakken hill. To operate the lift, you insert a keycard (available from a nearby bicycle shop), put your right foot on the foot rest, and sit back while the lift propels you up the hill at a leasurely 2 meters a second.
One reason most people give for not riding their bikes is that it is difficult, and they don't want to get sweaty, especially when commuting to work. Something like this would hopefully encourage more people to get out on their bikes. It is also minimally invasive, so one has to wonder why there aren't more bicycle lifts out there?