The City of Gothenburg, Sweden is Giving Bikes to Commuters to Drive Less

By: Alyson Wyers - May 22, 2014
References: testcyklisterna.se & fastcoexist
In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, the city of Gothenburg, Sweden is offering free bicycles as an incentive to commuters committed to driving less. Rather than simply building more bike lanes, which has been the approach in Copenhagen and Portland, the Gothenburg government wanted to go a different route.

To receive a free bicycle in Gothenburg, Sweden, one must agree to a six month trial where they will forgo their cars a minimum of three times a week. Many people don't bike because they simply don't feel like it. This solution hopes to change that. Another potential barrier is one of infrastructure, where the city was planned with cars in mind.

This test run involves different demographic cyclists who will hopefully act as positive role models for other Gothenburg citizens.