Regional bike lane network based on commuting potential

Regional bike lane network based on commuting potential

Region Västra Götaland, in west Sweden include 49 municipalities and has roughly 1,7 million inhabitants.

Today, only about 7 % of the inhabitants in Region Västra Götaland, Sweden bike to work. In times of climate challenges, congestion problems and a fattening population active mobility is a key to the solution. Therefore, Region Västra Götaland has made a study of the potential for commuting by bike to work and would like to build up a regional bike lane system for commuting by bike in the region.

The study is built on geographical calculations for every inhabitant, where home- and work address has been used as input data. The closes way between the two places has been chosen, regardless of road type (highways excluded).
The result shows a huge potential for active mobility. More than 37 % of the working population can reach their job by bike in less than 30 minutes. In some municipalities the potential is as high as 50 %. The potential is independent of size and population of the municipality, in fact, some of the rural areas in the region shows the highest potential, especially for short time intervals.

Through the study it is possible to simulate a potential load on specific road elements, and to identify where bike infrastructure is poor or lacking, both on municipality level, and on a regional level. Based on the study, it is therefore possible to build up a regional bike lane system for commuting, with potential for a high number of cyclists.

The analysis is already done and only need finetuning before an infrastructure project can start, building up a regional bike lane system for commuting by bike.


Total budget: 9,52 MEUr

Finetuning of input data and analysis: 20.000 euro
Infrastructure: 9,5 MEUR

Contact information

Aako Raoofi
Region Västra Götaland
+46 730 792918

Karin Ryberg
+46 10 4345458

Swedish green Recovery

The timing of the European Green Deal and the Climate law is excellent. Since around the time of the Paris agreement, there is an impatient willingness to act in the business sector, and we need authorities to catalyse this development.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat was founded to support Sweden’s ambition to decarbonize the transport sector. The Swedish Climate Law set an ambitious sector target for transport –  70 percent reduction of carbon dioxide by 2030. Through 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations the 2030-secretariat is supporting this ambitious development, independent of technical solutions or political parties. We are convinced that we need to work in parallel on behaviour, fuels (all low carbon or zero emission fuels) and vehicle technologies. All is needed.

We invited partners to send in proposals that fit well within Green recovery under the Green Deal. We have collected some 30 proposals, mostly in Sweden, in different areas using different technologies. We, the 2030-secretariat, are a Coalition of the willing with a focus on the target year 2030. There are many initiatives brewing in Sweden.

We strongly support initiatives like the Green recovery fund, and we see an increasing interest to take part. In this work we would like to stress the following:

• Allow for a multitude of solutions. We do not know which technology will be decisive, but we do know that many different technologies will be needed

• Changing our behaviour and the use of digital mobility is as important as legislation for vehicles or fuels. The 2020’s is the decade of digitalization, let’s invite digital solutions into the mobility sector

• Avoid having the good alternatives compete. The future is a combo; electricity, hydrogen, biofuels, biogas and some of the new fuels entering the market

• Do not separate fuels in generations or levels of sophistication. We are interested in the greenhouse gas reduction potential of the fuels, not what they are called

We sense a strong willingness to move forward, a season of change that is both needed and welcome. We hope that these initiatives can inspire. If you like an idea – steal it, if you want to participate, contact the person listed by the project. But most importantly, get inspired by what is possible.

The Swedish 2030-secretariat is made up of 70 partners from industry, municipalities and organisations joined in one common goal – supporting Sweden in reaching a 70 percent reduction of CO2 in the Swedish transport sector by 2030. We work in three areas, all equally important: vehicle technology, fuels and electrification and behaviour. All three important areas that need to deliver if we are to reach the climate target for the transport sector. The 2030-secretariat is independent from individual companies and political parties and does not favour any specific technology or solution. The reduction of CO2 is what counts. We are equally inspired by entrepreneurship and innovation as we are with grit, the on-going task of increasing efficiency. We need all to reach the climate targets.