Later this year, the Finnish city of Lahti plans to roll out a new bike-sharing program. But before that happens, the city is experimenting with something that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world: a public ski-sharing program…
The ski-sharing program is temporary and partly being used to promote the fact that the city was chosen as the European Green Capital of the year. But it points to the city’s broader goals to slash emissions. By 2025, Lahti plans to be carbon neutral, and sustainable transportation is an important part of the shift.
The city has been expanding bike lanes and pedestrian paths and testing new ways to nudge more people to walk and bike—such as a personal carbon-trading app that tracks how people move around the city, rewarding commuters with virtual coins when they choose to walk or bike instead of driving.