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Pendla med cykel - en aktuell planeringsfråga: En kvalitativ studie om Västerås Kommuns trafikplanering
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


During the last decades, environmental impacts have increased significantly, much due to the great traffic flows within cities. Therefore, to reduce these impacts and encourage a healthy way of living, it has in recent years become vital to generate safer and more sustainable and flexible modes of transportation. In order to do so, authorities and physical planners must work together to find viable solutions to incorporate in the infrastructure and offer alternative transport modes – such as walking, cycling and public transportation. 

The purpose of this thesis is to examine the development of the cycling infrastructure in the city of Västerås and whether it is possible to expand bicycle commuting alongside public transportation. The thesis consequently aims to study how different physical planners within Västerås municipality work with traffic related questions. The thesis is based on interviews with relevant physical planners, data from scientific literature and different strategy documents intended for Västerås municipality. 

The results are based on a thematic coding system to analyse specific categories frequently mentioned during the interviews. These results have later been put into context with related literature regarding sustainable cycling infrastructure. 

The results show that there is a common goal for traffic planning within the municipality, even if the authorities express different actions concerning its development. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
sustainable, cycling, public transportation, commuting, accessibility, physical planning, Västerås municipality
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-105357OAI: diva2:824844
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Länsstyrelsen Västmanland
Subject / course
Examensarbete i Geografi, för kandidatexamen
Educational program
Programme in Urban and Regional Planning
Available from: 2015-06-23 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-06-23Bibliographically approved

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