Category Archives: Policy and Planning

Simulated Pedestrian Traffic Key Piece of the Puzzle for Sustainable Trips

Society’s interest in planning for pedestrian traffic is growing. Planners are increasingly concerned with ensuring that the interaction between different types of transportation, such as public transport, walking, and cycling, operates as flexibly as possible to increase the proportion of...

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ITS Applications for Improving Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users

cyclist and pedestrian in motion blur
The VRUITS project (Improving the Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users through ITS Applications), co-funded by the European Commission, investigated how safety and mobility of Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) can be improved through Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), and provided...

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Sweep-salting in Karlstad: Challenges and opportunities

Sweep salting bicycle paths
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) has analysed the conceivable advantages and disadvantages of sweep-salting bicycle paths in Karlstad, a seaside town in Sweden with an estimated 90,000 inhabitants. The town’s location and climate make sweep-salting a good method...

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Unique Model Calculates Costs of Winter Maintenance

Winter road in snowstorm
In the late 1990s, VTI and the Swedish Transport Administration (then known as the Swedish Road Administration) began discussing the creation of a model for calculating the socioeconomic costs of various strategies for the winter maintenance of the national road system. VTI has now been working...

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Norway’s Path to Sustainable Transport

Illustration of a "green" car
Thanks to the substantial purchase tax levied on new passenger cars, the Norwegian government has a quite powerful climate policy instrument at its hand. Continued application of this instrument may halve the greenhouse gas emissions from Norwegian cars within two or three decades. On...

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Best Practice Factory for Freight Transport

Translifter Cassette system
BESTFACT project collects, develops, evaluates and circulates good ideas for city logistics, green logistics and co-modality as well as e-freight. Best practice descriptions (95 so far) are freely available from the project website. BESTFACT develops, disseminates and enhances the...

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Reforms in Vehicle Registration Tax Can Reduce CO2-emissions

The Norwegian Parliaments target to reduce new passenger vehicles average CO2-emission to 85 g/km (type-approval value) in 2020, can be achieved by reforms in the vehicle registration tax. In three out of four scenarios, described in this report from Institute of Transport Economics, the...

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