A 360° view of urban mobility in Malmö, Sweden

A 360° view of urban mobility in Malmö, Sweden

8 Oct 2018

With our series of 360° pictures, you can experience best practice examples of urban planning & mobility in an interactive way.

Find the first article about urban mobility in the Netherlands here and article #2 about urban mobility in Copenhagen here.

This trip takes us to the Swedish city of Malmö. Back in the late 1980s, Malmö was a typical industrial city. Now, just a few decades later, it is internationally acclaimed for its work on sustainable development, has won the award on Sustainable Urban Mobility at the European Mobility Week in 2016 and has become Sweden’s top bicycle city. This represents a radical change from traditional car-oriented urban planning towards a more sustainable approach. This approach has been further defined in 2016, when the city of Malmö adopted its first Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). This plan addresses all modes of transportation and incorporates social, environmental and economical sustainability. By this holistic approach, transport planning is linked in the overall urban planning process and takes into account the accessibility for different social groups.

So let’s have a 360° look at what Malmö offers its citizens in terms of modern and sustainable transportation:

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

First of all, Malmö is said to be Sweden’s top bicycle city, with around 30% of its population using the bike daily to commute to work or education. In terms of its cycling infrastructure, next to a cycle path network of over 500 km, especially the bike & ride parking station at Malmö’s central station is outstanding.

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

Build in 2014, it can be used for free 24/7 and accommodates more than 1500 bikes - including bike racks particularly designed for cargo bikes. Furthermore it offers amenities like restrooms, lockers, a bike shop, a waiting lounge and numerous screens showing train departure and arrival times.

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

In terms of public transportation, Malmö was the first Swedish city to operate a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, introduced in 2015. In general, BRT is an efficient mass transport mode, providing capacity and speed comparable with urban rail systems. BRT provides higher quality of service than traditional urban bus operations because of reduced travel and waiting times, increased service reliability and improved user experience.

(Click on the image to open the 360° view on Flickr)

Malmö’s BRT system consists of 24m long hybrid (biogas-electric) busses with a tram-like design that run on partly separated bus lanes. Major bus stops along the route were rebuild and a traffic signal priority system was installed. As a result, passenger capacity has been increased while the travel times and traffic emissions decreased. Furthermore the quality and user experience improved.

More 360° Pictures of urban planning examples in Malmö and other countries can be found on our Flickr channel.

For an even more interactive experience on your virtual reality gear, you can also download the pictures and view them directly via your preferred VR-App.

Further information about SUMPs can be found in our iNUA paper #1. Detailed information on BRT systems can be found in the SUTP Module on Bus Rapid Transit.

To learn more about our approaches in the field of cycling and walking click here.

This article was first published at sutp.org on 27 September 2018.

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