Stockholmer Ingrid Rogblad on her way to work.
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Stockholmer Ingrid Rogblad on her way to work. Credit: Frank Radosevich / Radio Sweden.
Sara Nilsson and Viktor Nordahl from Stockholm city's Climate Smart office.
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Sara Nilsson and Viktor Nordahl from Stockholm city's Climate Smart office. Credit: Frank Radosevich / Radio Sweden

Project urges cyclists to pedal on through winter

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A pilot project calls on residents to ditch their cars during Sweden's often harsh winter months and, instead, to hop on their bikes as they head to work or school.

As part of the program Stockholm Vintertramp, or winter pedaling, 60 selected commuters have agreed to take their bikes three days a week for at least three kilometers until the end of February.

"The goal of the city of Stockholm is to become fossil-fuel free by 2040 and this is our way to contribute to this goal," says Sara Nilsson, a project manager at the capital's Climate Smart office, which aims to make Stockholm an environmentally-friendly city.

Figures from the city show that the number of bikes on Stockholm's streets start dropping off in the month of October before bottoming out in February.

But more people seem to be cycling in the winter. A new survey commissioned by the umbrella group Swedish Cycling found that 18 percent of people nationwide use their bikes weekly during the winter, an increase of two percentage points from last year.

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