Read about some of our previous research projects.
Socially sustainable transport
Traffic safety and increased use of electric bicycles in Sweden
The number of electric bicycles on the market is increasing rapidly – as much in Sweden as in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, and China. Electric bicycles make it possible to bike more often and for longer distances as well as creates opportunities for more people to bike who might not have been able to before. With this rapid development there is relatively little knowledge on those who use electric bicycles and on what type of accident and injury risks that can be related to the increase use of electric bicycles.
Through the Swedish Transport Administration Traffic Safety Fund (Trafikverkts Skyltfond), was electric bicycle usage and connected traffic safety aspects investigated in order to increase knowledge about accidents and injury risks with electric bicycles and to recommend concrete measures on how traffic accidents with electric bicycles can be avoided.
The project took place from September 1st, 2013 to August 31st, 2014.
Read the rapport at: Traffic security aspects of increased use of electric bicycles in Sweden.
For more information, please contact Hanna Wennberg, +46 10456 56 08.
Review of accessibility work (EU project ISEMOA)
The EU project ISEMOA developed the ISEMOA accessibility review in order to support municipalities and regions in their efforts to improve accessibility to sustainable transport so that all residents have control over their mobility – from door to door – in a sustainable way.
ISEMOA’s accessibility review is conducted in dialog form and highlights accessibility work with a broad perspective – from general planning questions to design of barrier-free outdoor environments and public transport for everyone.
If you would like to know more about ISEMOA and how we can support your work with accessibility and sustainable mobility for everyone, please contact Hanna Wennberg, +46 10 456 56 08.
Read more in our service description.
Reports and other publications from the EU project ISEMOA can be found at www.isemoa.eu. Some of the writings available in Swedish can be found below.
Management of induced traffic in planning
Increased road capacity creates new traffic demand. This phenomenon is called “induced traffic” and has long been known by international research. It is based on the relationship between supply and demand and involves both short-term adaptions to behaviour and long-term changes to place making and land use. The later provides more time for further behavioural change which adds to the overall effect. Together with WSP, TFK, and Chalmers, Trivector Traffic conducted the research project from 2009 to 2010. The project to improve and disseminate knowledge about induced traffic also gave recommendations on how the issue is better handled by model systems and methods so that they adequately consider induced traffic and ensure that the effects are included in traffic forecasts and socio-economic calculations. The project was funded by the Swedish Road Administration.
If you would like to know more about induced traffic, you can read the report here: Induced demand on traffic.
For more information, contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10.
Poly-SUMP: A new method for developing regional traffic strategies
With the ongoing trend of regional growth is there a risk of increased need for regional planning and development of regional traffic strategies. The EU project Poly-SUMP (Polycentric Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan) develops a new method for how to make regional traffic strategies with a focus on polycentric regions (regions with more than one centre). The method builds on the tried and tested workshop methodology “Future Search Workshop” whereby gathering all relevant stakeholders during a three-day workshop, the process for developing the basis for a regional traffic strategy is shortened and streamline.
Eleven actors are involved in Poly-SUMP, including regional ministries, consultants, and research institutes.
For more information about the project, contact Emeli Adell, +46 10 456 56 22 or Caroline Ljungberg Toulson, +46 10 456 56 19.
SUMO – evaluation of mobility projects
SUMO – system for evaluating mobility projects (system för utvärdering av mobilitetsprojekt)- is a tool for evaluation project impacts, throughout the whole process, from cause to effect. The model is built from a European model called MOST-MET (Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit) and was developed in the EU project MOST, which encompassed mobility management.
SUMO has been well received and is used today for follow up and evaluation in many of the Swedish Road Administration’s sector projects. There has also been great interest from other European countries and the model is returning through the EU-project MAX (see above).
For more information, contact Pernilla Hyllenius, +46 10 456 56 07.
Climate, energy and environment
E-commerce’s role and potential for a more energy efficient and sustainable transport system
The sharp growth of e-commerce as a trend impacts both purchasing habits and travel habits. Today, purchasing trips represent a large energy efficiency potential, with approximately 13% of energy use accounted from passenger transport. With conventional shopping, the transport between the store and home accounts for the same amount of energy use and environmental impact as the rest of the goods transport chain. The knowledge on the net effects of e-commerce’s possibilities are lacking. Therefore, through the collection of a large sum of empirical data from Sweden’s population, different future development scenarios in combination with measurement strategies were used in order to draw conclusions and recommendations on how development can be used or steer the management of e-commerce’s sustainability potential with consideration for passenger transport.
The project was conducted together with Trafikplanering, LTH, and was financed by the Swedish Ministry of Energy.
For more information, contact Anna Clark, +46 10 456 56 23 or Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10.
EU project SEEMORE (Sustainable and Energy Efficient Mobility Options in Tourist Regions in Europe)
The project SEEMORE is about creating conditions for more sustainable and energy effective tourist travel in European regions. Amongst the project partners is the coastal tourist region of Bohuslän represented by Fyrbodal’s municipal association. Measures and strategies were conducted to change tourists’ travel in a sustainable and energy efficient way in order to:
- Improve the quality of and the effect of information and marketing of sustainable travel for visitors and tourists.
- Introduce price setting strategies and informational tools to further promote sustainable tourist travel.
- Create new and improved mobility solutions for sustainable and energy effective tourist travel.
- Implement follow up and review methods to show the effects of completed measures and strategies.
- Spread experience from SEEMORE to other regions and actors throughout Europe.
The project was financed by the Intelligent Energy Europe (STEER-programme).
For more information, contact Caroline Mattson, +46 10 456 56 43.