Well it turns out that we weren't they only ones with that wish and someone has done something to improve the relationship between bike riders and steep hills. In Trondheim, the third largest city in Norway, a bike lift has been in operation for over fifteen years!
The TRAMPE is easy to learn to use according to the makers, carrying over 220,000 bike/people since it's installation in 1993 - with no accidents!
Trondheim is characterized by the old town center down by the seashore with a surrounding, terraced landscape formed back in the ice age. On the banks of these terraces, 100-300 m above sea level, we find most of the living areas - sounds rather similar to Mackinac, doesn't it?
The inventors are just starting to market the bike lift to other communities, but I suspect it's just a dream to hope one could be installed on our hilly Island.