Test-Cyclist-Project in Stockholm. Sweden

By News Editor / Updated: 29 Aug 2014

A huge test-cyclist-project, with more than 600 participants, was carried out in Stockholm in 2006 and has now been evaluated.On the average, the former motorist, have through the test-cyclist-project increased their cycling with 15-30 km each week, decreased their CO2-discharges with 40 kilos and lost 1 kilo body mass per person.

Background & Objectives

Since 2004, The Traffic Department in Stockholm City are running a project called “Stockholm Mobility”. The overall purpose with the project is that the inhabitants of Stockholm City should be able to travel in a easy, cheep and efficient way and at the same time archive a more healthy environment to live in.As a part of this project, a test-cyclist-project was started up in spring 2006. The test-cyclist-project turns towards companies in the Stockholm Region, and offers help to make their employees bicycle instead of driving their cars when traveling to their workplaces.The purpose with the evaluation, was to study the effects of the test-cyclist-project, according to travel habits, environment and health.

Implementation

The test-cyclist-project was carried out during 2006 and had more than 600 participants. The project has been evaluated through:- an analysis of a questioners that the test cyclists had to fill in before project was carried ou>- the weekly reports that the test cyclists had to fill in during the project- the health tests that the test cyclists had to do before and after the projectThe effects of the test-cyclist-project have been very positive. On the average the former motorist, have through the test-cyclist-project increased their cycling with 15-30 km each week, decreased their CO2-discharges with 40 kilos and lost 1 kilo body mass per person. They have also saved around 160 SEK every week.

Conclusions

We have seen, throw the evaluation of the test-cyclist project, that:- Motorists get more driven to try out to become test-cyclists if there are economical benefits, such as health bonus for those who choose to travel by bike instead of car (more money in the pay packet)- More than half of the motorists claim better health as the largest argument for starting to bicycle.- The medical check-ups are the best activity in order to motivate the participants to bicycle.- On an average, the test cyclists archived better exercise habits, better health, and lower CO2 discharges and saved money.- A well coordinated project plan, where evaluation is one important part already in the early planning process of the project, is very important in order to run a successful test-cyclist-project
Topic: 
Mobility management
Walking and cycling
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Country: 
Sweden
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Stockholm
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Malin Gibrand
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05 Dec 2008
29 Aug 2014