Rural bicycle path

Rural bicycle path

In order to make bicycle as a safe, available and accessible mode of transportation we need to modify the infrastructure based on the geographical varied conditions.

Region Västra Götaland in west Sweden has a population of 1.7 million consisting of 49 municipalities of different size. Providing a physically separated bicycle infrastructure where the traffic flows are low and absolute cycling potential is not high, we need to have different measures and/or modify the existing measures. Rural bicycle paths, bygdevägar in Swedish, are a feasible alternative for bicycle infrastructure in rural areas. The design provides a relatively safe environment for cyclists for several reasons i.e. 1) reducing the median velocity of car traffic 2) providing an allocated intermittent path for cyclist 3) effective use of existing infrastructure by sharing the space.

Recently, the Swedish Transport Administration, Trafikverket, has included rural bicycle path as an accepted road design in the national road design handbook, Vägar och Gators Utformning in Swedish. This indicates that this design is accepted by the administration as a safe measure to enable cycling in the areas with certain characteristics. During 2020, we are aiming to analyse the potential of rural bicycle paths in the region and we have the ambition to start realising the concept in several pilot cases. The project includes:
• Develop a concept for rural bicycle path that is applicable for Region Västra Götaland
• Identifying suitable roads and realising the concept in two or more pilot cases


Developing the concept:  50 000 euro
Realising the concept in pilot cases: 6 million euro

Total: 6,05 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.