Category Archives: Policy and Planning

Densification in nodes reduce car traffic

Workplaces and dwellings located in nodes generates less car traffic per inhabitant and per employee than dwellings and workplaces located outside the nodes, but more traffic than those located in city centres. A Norwegian research project has studied the effects on traffic and emissions of...

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Research programme for efficient travelling

The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is playing an important role in a major new research programme to find radical solutions leading to fewer trips and more efficient travel, along with tools to enable better use of roads and vehicles. The programme, called...

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Millions for research into maritime transport and the environment

Maritime transport is a major source of emissions of harmful air pollutants and carbon dioxide. In a new project, a research team from the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) and the University of Gothenburg has received SEK 6.4 million to analyse policy instruments and...

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Virtual pedestrians create efficient stations

If more people are to choose sustainable travel, then the public transport stations of the future must be designed so that pedestrians can get where they are going quickly, without congestion or queues. The Swedish Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) is developing methods for simulating how...

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Nordic capitals are prioritising pedestrians

Street with people in Stockholm
Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen are all working strategically with pedestrian prioritising and urban life. Car free city centres are high on the political agenda in many Nordic cities and in a range of European countries. New policy measures are applied and in many cases, significant...

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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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