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Seven out of ten locals would be able to cycle to work in half an hour

the Region of Stockholm have explored the possibilities to cykelpendling in a new report. It shows that 70 per cent of the working population in the region can reach their place of work on the bike in under 30 minutes – if they are allowed to use all roads in the county, including highways and sidewalks.

– at Least as remarkable is that half of the locals would be able to cycle to work in fifteen minutes, " says Gustav Hemming (C), regional council with responsibility for the growth, urban planning and the archipelago.

a consultancy firm and is based on the information about almost all salaried employees in the Stockholm region and in their workplaces.

On a flödeskarta you can see the leads that would be used if all of the residents cycled to work. Very many would trample on Essingeleden and Centralbron. The E4 highway to the north would also be used extensively.

on all roads except dual carriageways, motorways and in some tunnels. There is a bike lane must be used if väghastigheten is higher than 50 kilometres an hour.

That cycling would be allowed on all roads is not very likely – the two-wheelers on Essingeleden would be a traffic hazard and stop the other vehicles. But according to Gustav Hemming, the report is a good indicator of what the string should be the priority.

" We need a clear set of priorities for a regional cycling network. In flödeskartan we can clearly see if there are any areas we have missed.

Regionrådet Gustav Hemming (C) Photo: Anette Nantell

the Report's authors have calculated on a cykelhastighet at 20 kilometres an hour, which is a relatively high tempo. In that case, those who have half an hour to work in the study cycle a mile in 20 kilometers in an hour without any stops.

As a comparison, the average speed of the motorcycle and frightening bus around 12 kilometers an hour in some parts of the city. According to the Swedish national road and transport research institute bikes a swede, with an average speed of between 15-25 mph.

the Study shows the potential if we do everything right for the bike. It is the way it should be interpreted, " says Gustav Hemming.

and several Stockholmskommuner has focused on getting more people to cycle. The objective is that cycling will increase from seven percent in 2018 to 20 percent by 2030, and in the same year, the entire region will be interconnected by a network of 60 regional cycle routes.

The past two years, about 70 km cycle path built in the region. It is the municipalities who are responsible for the extension of cycling paths and they invest different amounts. Järfälla, Sollentuna, Nacka and Stockholm, sweden is predicted to have a good opportunity to have a proper cycling network by 2030.

" We want to speed up the work further. A challenge with cycle paths is that the municipalities need to work together. It may not be the case that a municipality is building a bike path, when the neighboring community is not doing it, " says Gustav Hemming.

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