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Swedish town in bid to allow snowmobiling downtown

TT/The Local · 19 Sep 2009, 11:22

Published: 19 Sep 2009 11:22 GMT+02:00

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In a test trial during the winter of 2007/08, residents of Sweden’s most northerly city were allowed to drive their snowmobiles freely.

Previously they had to put them on a trailer and drive to the nearest designated path.

It was hoped the trial would reduce dependence on public transport as well as contribute to lower carbon dioxide emissions.

But the result bothered some of Kiruna’s 23,000 residents who complained about the increasing number of snowmobiles on the streets.

Legally there was not enough space in the city to warrant the trial which was stopped before the ban was brought back into effect.

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However, this season Kiruna council plans to revive the idea and turn snowmobile-driving in the city into a permanent fixture.

Members intend to write to the government and propose a change of law, according to the Norrländska Socialdemokraten newspaper.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:05 September 20, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
These government people need to go to Northern Minnesota to see how GOOD this will work! WHOLE NEW TOURIST INDUSTRY!!!

Northern Minnesota was dead during the Winter until they figured out connecting the towns by snowmobile trails and allowing the machines into the towns!

You would go through the towns and see these sleds parked all over town as people shopped for food or drink or whatever. The really neat part was many of these groups of sleds were groups of tourists that were traveling together from town to town.
23:02 September 20, 2009 by justanotherexpat
Er.......did I read that correctly? Kiruna council wants to reduce dependency on public transport?? Isn't collective traffic meant to be a more environmentally-friendly method of transportation?

As for connecting the towns with snowmobile tracks, yeah, of course, great idea - then have "park-and-ride" schemes.....

Ah what's all the fuss about anyway - there's sod all to do in Kiruna, so the argument is moot. Imagine 20,000 scooters all off to centrum to......well......congregate then sod off home again ;)
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