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Sharing economy contribution to a smart and sustainable city


The city of Umeå are working actively and critically with the sharing economy. The city has developed testbeds for the sharing economy in the city. Through testbeds, sharing services and digital solutions have been developed. Across the globe, new business models that challenge the traditional consumption patterns are arising. The sharing economy has become part of the everyday life of millions of people, and many businesses are introducing takeback systems that extend the lifetime of goods and resources by repairing them or reusing components. This development should be accelerated as the potential for economic and environmental benefits is significant.

Examples of Sharing incentives in Umeå:

Fritidsbanken Umeå – A sharing service with environmental impact

In Sweden one in every twelfth child grows up in a family with very large debts or even in risk of bankruptcy, that is more than 183 000 children who cannot participate on equal terms with their classmates, neighbours or relatives.
Fritidsbanken Umeå is a public library for sports-equipment, toys and leisure items. From Fridsbanken you can borrow equipment for active leisure, such as skis, skates, rollerblades, life jackets, snowboards and more. Fritidsbanken collects and receives used sports items from private donors, local companies and public sources. The items are repaired, if necessary, catalogued and offered to individuals to borrow. It is common for student groups or schools to contact Fritidsbanken in preparation for events or outings. Fritidsbanken facilitate possibilities (work or volunteer) for unemployed, immigrants and/or individuals with disabilities to participate in our sharing service.

U-bike – electric cargo bikes for rent

Another sharing incentives in Umeå is U-bike which rents out electric cargo bikes. U-bike offers electric cargo bikes that are rented out to anyone who wants to try them in their everyday lives. Cargo bikes are climate-smart, can carry up to 100 kilos and replace many unnecessary car journeys in the inner city. The box at the front is roomy and is even equipped for child to travel. U-bike is owned by the municipality in a partnership with Akademiska hus.

Town: Umeå
Find us: Stadshuset
Visiting: All year​
Duration: 1 hour
Languages: Swedish & English

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Stadshuset Umeå Västerbottens län

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