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ISEMOA Good Practice Fact Sheet

Title in original language Hållbart resande i samhällsplaneringen
Title in English Sustainable travel in the planning process
Location Sweden
Year 2004 - 2011
Initiator Civil servants & environmental coordinators
Developed by
(one pick only)
  • Administration / Political actor
Implementation Area
  • City
  • Region
  • Urban
  • Rural
Supported accessibility level
  • Macro accessibility
  • Meso accessibility
Elements of the working process - Preconditions
  • Legal / Administrative context
  • Current state
Elements of the working process - Policy
  • Policy on paper
  • Leadership
Elements of the working process - Strategy
  • Programme / Plan
  • Partnerships
Elements of the working process - Implementation
  • Accessibility measures and accessibility planning
Elements of the working process - Monitoring and Evaluation
  • User / society results
  • Stakeholder feedback
  • Management review
Type of PRM Affected
  • Visual impaired
  • Motor impaired
  • Hearing impaired
  • Cognitive / Learning impaired
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - City Bus
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Transport - Regional Bus
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Pedestrian / wheelchair
  • Quality
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Cycling
  • Information
  • Service
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Road Design
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - Land-use planning
  • Enforcement
  • Information
Application Field / Target area - Public Space - other
  • Name: Indicators for monitoring land use planning
  • Information
Why is it a good practice example? It shows that guidelines in general land use planning tend to improve conditions in other areas too, e.g. cycling plans or pedestrian inventories. It is possible to change priorities in sustainable planning if showing the positive effects. Implementing indicators into planning makes it easier to present facts to decision makers.
Background and Objectives / Aims The project was initiated by environmental coordinators since they thought urban planning was not done in a sustainable way. If there are not any preconditions for sustainable travel in the general planning, it is very difficult to make sustainable travel happen in detailed planning. The main objective was to increase knowledge and interest for sustainable travel in order to increase conditions for walking, cycling and public transport in the planning process. Target groups were mainly politicians, employees and construction companies.

Thescheme included a wide range of projects during the 7 years of implementation. Some of them included: knowledge exchange between civil servants in the collaborating municipalities, working groups within each municipality with focus on a concrete local question with representatives from different administrations, seminars on sustainable travel for politicians and civil servants, knowledge exchange and cooperation with regional and national partners as well as other projects, communication plan for different target groups, newsletters, inventory of cycle parking, and traffic measurements.
Implementation (incl. obstacles, public participation) A process of how to make the sustainable aspect in the planning process more prominent was developed. It is based on indicators from TRAST (Swedish planning tool-Traffic for an attractive city). The method was tested in three planning processes in this project: two detailed plans in Huddinge and one comprehensive plan in Södertälje.

Some of the indicators used to measure the possibilities for sustainable travel were:
1) planned buildings closer than 400 m to a public transport stop
2) planned dwellings closer than 400 m to a grocery store walking or cycling
3) number of traffic barriers to important targets
4) relation between nearest and real distance to target points walking or cycling
5) comparison between travel time for several transport modes

For every location, positive and negative factors were numbered and measures suggested to improve the conditions for sustainable travel.
  • In local currency: 6.800.000
  • Local currency name: SEK
  • In Euro [EUR]: 762.000
Conclusions (incl. output, analysis of benefits) One of the aims in the project was to get politicians more interested in sustainable travel in the planning process. By using indicators in the planning process and measurements in other projects, e.g. measuring pedestrians and cyclists in the municipalities they could show that both pedestrians and cyclists are important in everyday transport. Politicians now show more interest in them. An important channel has been newsletters and seminars especially dedicated to politicians.

Indicators to make master plans for land use planning were used to show which areas are more suitable for sustainable travel. These indicators have clarified the importance of location when planning. Now politicians have approved the report from the study, which will be used in future master plans/detailed plans.

Indicators can be an important tool to include walking, cycling and public transport in planning and compare areas and modes of transport. But, in order to be realised (or successful), actions must be included into the process and financing schemes. In Huddinge a manual giving advice on how to develop detailed plans was developed. The concept was used by Södertälje in their comprehensive plan.

Several plans, strategies and guidance have been developed as a result the project, e.g. guidance for bicycle parking, climate strategies in Botkyrka, Huddinge and Södertälje, traffic strategies in Nynäshamn and Huddinge, cycle plans in Huddinge and Botkyrka, an accessibility plan in Nynäshamn etc.
Source / Link http://www.huddinge.se/Naturochmiljo/Klimat/Hallbart-resande/Hallbart-resande-i-samhallsplaneringen/
Information - documents Project summary in English (2.818 KB)