Understanding Mobility Patterns in Ten Swedish Urban Regions

Understanding Mobility Patterns in Ten Swedish Urban Regions

In 2016 and 2018 Jeff Kenworthy, was awarded K2 small grants to undertake comparative studies of Sweden’s ten most populous cities/urban regions as well as Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany as a sustainable mobility benchmark for the smaller of these Swedish settlements. The research has placed these cities within a comparative framework at a national and global level and provided policy relevant analyses. This research was completed with a K2 Working Paper and published paper in Urban Science for the first project and a new 60 page Working Paper combining the results is now completed. Other academic papers will be written in the researcher’s own time on the ten cities plus Freiburg, including specialised papers, for example, but not exclusively, on energy use, transport emissions and transport fatalities. Requests have already been received from journals for these, and deadlines for one arranged. There now exists a unique detailed database on these 10 Swedish regions consisting of 105 standardised comparable variables for each of the ten cities, including many public transport (referred to as PT hereon) variables for buses, light rail, metro, suburban rail and ferries. This rich database, which can be added to, has only been explored in a broad way in Urban Science and the Working Papers so there still exists a great opportunity to delve deeper into it to better understand mobility patterns in urban Sweden. The current application seeks to better exploit these data, plus collect some further targeted PT and non-motorised mode (NMM) information (quantitative and qualitative) to better understand these modes’ usage patterns in Swedish cities, as well as quantifying PT’s contribution to improving the overall sustainability of Swedish cities. A key aim is to maximise benefit from this hard-won database, which represents over 4 years of research and should be in terrogated further.

Project manager: 
Parties: 
Lund University
Financier: 
K2
Budget: 
441 000 kr
Period: 
2020 to 2022