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Too easy to take the car to Medicon Village

At Medicon Village in Lund, over half of the employees drive to work, despite the great potential to choose walking, cycling or public transport.

It is easy to do that because there are over 800 parking spaces. The fee is low and availability high. This shows a new feasibility study to green mobility plan for Medicon Village from K2, Sweden's national center for research and education on public transport.

The area's parking spaces have an occupancy rate around 65-70 percent. Low fees for these discourage the use of more sustainable and healthier modes of transport, while it leads to major economic losses in the form of inefficient use of land. This is not unique to Medicon Village, but examples of how it often can look at the larger work areas.

The trips to and from the area are also similar to the travel of Lund municipality as a whole, but with a slightly larger proportion of motorists. Requirements to take the car to work are good as the area is situated on the outskirts of the central parts of Lund and immediately adjacent to the E22.

- The results of this study agrees well with what you have seen in similar studies on commuting, which is that travel by sustainable modes of transport disadvantage today's outdated infrastructure and parking subsidies, instead promotes travel by car, said Alfred Andersson.

Det är väldigt enkelt att köra bil till Medicon Village Foto: News Øresund - Johan Wessman (CC BY 3.0)
How can commutes become more sustainable?

With relatively simple means, Medicon Village can tackle the many car trips, says Alfred Andersson, student at Lund University who conducted the study during his internship at K2. There are already plans by the municipality that future zoning will focus on densification and better connections for walking, cycling and public transport.

Alfred Andersson är praktikant vid K2 under hösten

Challenges with a large proportion of car journeys, however, will probably persist as long as it is so cheap and easy to park as it is in the current situation.

Suggestions for measures:

  • Raise fees for parking at Medicon Village. The fee should ideally cover the full cost to the parking lot produces, meaning 700 SEK for ground parking.
  • Adjust parking permits so it is not economically advantageous to buy season tickets or monthly passes compared to just take the car sometimes.
  • Offer subsidized public transit passes to employees for travel to and from work. However, this is something that will be up to the individual companies as Medicon Village AB is not the employer of the 1,600 persons who are in the research park, but a real estate and development company that owns and operates the facility.

- There is a strong commitment from our member companies to be able to take the car to work and easily find parking. But - we are working in parallel to facilitate connection to public transportation, and we hope that in the future be able to offer bikes, says Erik Jagesten, property manager at Medicon Village.

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