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Cycling for lower emissions – part 1

The Lindells are keeping up the pressure. One way of cutting emissions still further is to cycle instead of taking public transport or the electric car. We offer here a few tips on cycles, both classic styles and innovative, more experimental, models, for added inspiration!

Naked and lightweight (above)
Sweden’s Skeppshult is renowned for its robust, traditionally designed cycles. With its Steel model, the company has upped the ante and created a cleaner, more naked and lightweight cycle with nothing more than the bare essentials. Here with a leather saddle and Brooks handlebar grips. Price: from 10,995 kronor

Classic foldable
The combination of cycle and public transport is not always easy since bikes are seldom welcome on buses and commuter trains in Sweden. You can solve the problem with a folding bike, here from Britain’s Brompton. Price: from 8,400 kronor

Cargo bikes
In cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam, it is common to see two-wheeled cargo bikes carrying the weekly shopping or children. One sign that this trend is making its way to Sweden too is the fact that Dutch manufacturer De Fietsfabrik has opened a showroom in Stockholm. Price: from 22,900 kronor

Cargo with attitude
Bullitt, designed by Denmark’s Larry vs Harry, is what is known as a “longtail”, that is to say an extended cycle with a cargo area in front of the handlebars. Bullitt is available in 13 eye-catching colours and the frame is decorated with portraits of icons such as Che Guevara, Elvis and Einstein. Price: about 17,500 kronor

The family bike
Danish-designed trioBike is a carrier bike that quickly transforms into a “conventional” cycle and a pushchair that can for instance be used as a child’s pram. With two bikes and one pushchair one parent can take the kids to day-care while the other can pick them up at the end of the day. Price: 13,400 kronor (cycle), 12,700 kronor (pushchair)

What is One Tonne Life?

Is it possible to live carbon neutral today?

Every Swede contributes to the greenhouse effect with six to eight tonnes of CO2 per year.

With energy-smart housing, electric cars and clean energy, we could go on living almost as usual. Couldn't we? What does it really take for a family to live carbon neutral?