JANUARY 30

A cycle-access based public transport system

A cycle-access based public transport system

Incorporating bike-transit with public transport (PT) in order to provide a multimodal sustainable mobility alternative is mutually beneficial, embracing the benefits of more bicycling and a higher public transport modal share.

In region Västra Götaland, in west Sweden, around 84 % of the whole population lives in a radius of 1500 meter from the high capacity regional public transport corridors. In the larger cities, the public transport modal share is quite high, but the further out from the cities, the larger is the use of the car for daily travel. A well defined and developed bike lane system in a reasonable vicinity of PT stops together with good bike parking in connection to the PT stops is a solution that can compete with car use, also in rural areas.

Cycling with its flexibility allows public transport users access to a wider range of stops in a given travel time compared to both walking and, in some cases, other motorised transportation modes (OECD/ITF 2018). This provides the possibility to optimise the whole journey to better suit travellers need. Hence it will lead to a larger share of public transport (long term) and biking and an overall reduction of car trips, reducing environmental impacts.

In the region there are approximately 200 PT stops with a large number of travellers along the high capacity corridors. We aim to develop a concept for a cycle-access based public transport and realising the concept in the region. This include developing sets of measures to make existing hubs accessible by bicycle:

  • Physical integration – Enabling the existing stations to be accessible by bicycles and to minimise frictions in between bicycles and public transport
    • Unified design of safe and comfortable bicycle parking
    • Safe and comfortable bicycle path in a radius of 1500 meter from highly prioritised hubs
    • Safe crossings at intersections
    • Unified signage in 1500 meter radius from the hubs
  • Integrated service information
    • Travellers can get information that the closest hub is accessible by bicycle.
    • Unified design and information material and signage to make the “cycle-access based public transport” hub easy to identify and to locate

Budget

Physical integration: 8,5 mn euro
Integrated service information: 0,5 mn euro
Total: 9 MEUR

Timing

2021-2023 from design to implementation

Contact information

Aako Raoofi
Region Västra Götaland
aako.raoofi@vgregion.se
+46 730 792918

Karin Ryberg
Västtrafik
Karin.Ryberg@vasttrafik.se  
+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.