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Malmö pedals toward eco-friendliness

TT/Clara Guibourg · 5 Jun 2011, 13:18

Published: 05 Jun 2011 13:18 GMT+02:00

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The goal is to get the officials to leave the car behind when travelling on work-related errands, and use a more environmentally friendly form of transport.

"First and foremost our ambition is to replace car trips, and if taking a regular bicycle feels too tough you can take the electric bike instead," Anna Lindblad, project leader, P4.

"That way you avoid showing up sweaty and breathless to a meeting if it's a warm summer's day."

The electric bike needs a little pedalling in order to work, but the bicyclist can choose how much help to receive from the battery through controls on the handlebars.

With the electric bicycles, Malmö city officials will soon be whizzing along at up to 20 kilometers per hour.

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However, as Anna Lindblad points out, the reason for purchasing the bikes was not to save time, but to take steps towards a more environmentally friendly city.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:02 June 5, 2011 by millionmileman
The Finnish company Nokian makes outstanding ice-spiked bicycle tyres for winter!
21:54 June 5, 2011 by muscle
I think this is a step backwards, it was healthy that people cycled and exercised.
22:02 June 5, 2011 by play nice
"Sweaty and breathless"? No way, too much like sex. Can't have that, can we?

Besides, we might be mistaken for a member of the working class.
23:15 June 5, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Okay, are they self-regenerating (by the pumping of the pedals or do you plug them in? And if you plug them in, from where does that electricity come from, burning coal? Nuclear?

There is an energy cost to pay . . .
01:23 June 6, 2011 by muscle
These should be solar powered bicycles to be eco-friendly!
11:20 June 6, 2011 by Rey Stockholm
For municipality officials r- ead some poor junior employee told to cycle about in the rain

The senior officials will still use the taxi account to the full
21:26 June 6, 2011 by wenddiver
Why not buy some SAABS? Those Swedes could use the work.
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