Fast Company's Adele Peters takes a look at a new apartment building in Sweden that has elected to invest in bike-friendly features rather than a parking garage.

Designed by local firm Hauschild + Siegel to encourage car-less commuting, the seven-story building is located close to the city center and offers a "mobility subscription". which includes car pools, bike repair service, and credits for the bus or train to use when weather conditions are poor.

Recognizing that people often drive when they're shopping, the architects included huge delivery mailboxes that residents will be able to use to shop online instead; the mailboxes can also be used for returns. If someone needs to pick up a heavy load in town, the building will have a stock of cargo bikes that can be borrowed. The bikes are also big enough to substitute for a station wagon, and can haul several kids to school or day care.

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