The 4th VREF (Volvo Research and Educational Foundation) Conference on Urban Freight is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden on 14-16 October 2020. The title for this year’s event is Urban freight and liveable cities: Interactions between planning, design and business for scalable innovations.
The conference is taking the Swedish 'Vision Zero' into a new decade. The Vision Zero Initiative stresses the fact that the road transport system is an entity in which different components such as road users, vehicles, and infrastructure must be made to interact with each other so that safety can be guaranteed. The key focus of this conference will, therefore, be on the role that traffic and transport psychology can play in achieving a safe and sustainable transport system.
Why is there such a remarkable difference in the cycling levels between the two Scandinavian capital cities of Copenhagen and Stockholm? The two cities are generally considered to be culturally close but show clear differences with respect to cycling policies and infrastructure.
The final part of the logistics chain when the package is transported to the final recipient is known as 'the last mile delivery' and it is in this step that cycle couriers and electric bicycles can play a key role in delivery and logistics within modern urban areas. However, there are currently very few dedicated logistics centres built specifically to cater to last-mile delivery by bike.
Sweden is to host the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. The conference will be co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), and minister-led delegations from more than 100 countries are expected to attend. Representatives from the world of industry and research, international institutions and other global organisations will also participate.
The Swedish government has announced a 4.7 million euro investment in night-time rail connections to continental Europe.
Over the past few decades, night-time train services have been cut across Europe due to the harsh competition from budget airlines and high-speed trains, which have made overnight train rides unnecessary on most routes.
The city of Umeå, in northern Sweden, has developed its first integrated freight plan for the city centre. With a population of around 85 000, Umeå is the largest urban community in northern Sweden. Due to a fast-growing population and the boom of e-commerce, the city centre has been facing increasing traffic problems linked with the delivery of goods and services. A clear strategy for sustainable urban freight in the city centre was therefore essential.
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) has produced guidance to support the design and implementation of cycling projects in Member States. This new guidance builds on existing city and national-level information to provide a coherent and ‘universal’ set of guidelines that will be relevant to a range of different cities and environments.