City Showcase in Europe

The European City Mobility Week “Innovation in Transport Innovation in Transport” took place in Gothenburg from 12 to 14 May 2014. The event consisted of interactive site visits of innovative urban mobility and logistics solutions, as well as of workshops and meetings, which allowed stakeholders to gain hands-on experience on green mobility solutions for cities.

Gothenburg is the second most populated city in Sweden. It hosts the largest port in Scandinavia and it is the home city of VOLVO. Its public transport system includes trams, bus rapid transit (BRT) routes and other services such as express buses. There is also a ferry which crosses the river and connects the city with the archipelago.

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Opening and keynote presentations
Welcome to Gothenburg – vision, plans and activities related to urban development of the smart city Mr. Niklas Wahlberg, CEO Lindholmen Science Park
Overview of the Viajeo Plus project and objectives of the city showcase Mrs. Manuela Flachi, ERTICO – ITS Europe
Current Public Transport/ R&D Mr. Umberto Guida, UITP
Triple helix transport innovation in Gothenburg and at Lindholmen Science Park Mr. Niklas Wahlberg, CEO Lindholmen Science Park
Traffic Safety Research center: SAFER and China-Sweden research Center for traffic safety Mrs. Anna Nilsson Ehle, SAFER representative
Sustainable Urban Logistics
Introduction and objectives Mr. Mats Rosenquist, Volvo Group
Global and local collaboration for sustainable goods transport solutions at Volvo Group Mr. Anders Berger, Transport Solutions, Volvo Group
Collaboration for sustainable urban logistics in the Gothenburg region, overview and examples Mr. Christoffer Widegren, Traffic Office, Gothenburg City


SHOWCASE 1-B Collaborative City Distribution at DB-Schenker (Bäckebol)
SHOWCASE 1-C High-efficiency inter-urban goods transportation with Duo-Trailer (Bäckebol)


Urban Mobility Management
Sustainable Transport Solutions by Volvo Bus in South America, Asia and Europe Mr. Jorge Suarez, Director BRT,  Volvo Bus Corporation
Integrated traffic management in Verona city Mr. Samson Tsegay, Swarco Mizar
China’s sustainable urban mobilityChina’s sustainable urban mobility: Jinan’s Case Mr. Ralf Willenbrock, T-Systems
Dr.  Jun Zhao, China Siwei Surveying and Mapping Technology
City Mobility needs and solutions from a traffic management perspective, Göteborg Mr. Noel Alldritt, City of Gothenburg, Trafikkontoret
Experiences from Argentina Mrs. Carmen La Gamba, ITS Argentina
Public Transport and Electric Vehicle
Bus Rapid Transit in Istanbul: operation and social benefits of the MetroBus Mr. Fatih Canitez, Istanbul Electric Tram and Tunnel Company
Lessons learnt from the North East of England Electric Vehicle Trial and Recharging Infrastructure roll-out Prof. Phil Blythe, University of Newcastle
ElectriCity – a partnership for sustainable public transport in Gothenburg Mr. Gunnar Ohlin, Test-site Sweden, Lindholmen Science Park
International Workshop on Urban Mobility
European cities’ experiences in technology and sustainability of urban mobility Mr. Peter Staelens, EUROCITIES
Outstanding solutions for innovative and green urban mobility: Viajeo Plus Examples Mr. Michele Tozzi, UITP
Sustainable urban mobility from Chinese cities Mrs. Liyuan Gong, Transport Research Centre Jinan
Singapore’s efforts and research in electromobility Mr. Kei-Leong Ho, Energy Research Institute @ NTU
Amsterdam’s experiences in electric driving Mr. Maarten Linnenkamp, Metropoolregio Amsterdam
International Workshop on Urban Mobility
Istanbul’s experiences in technology and sustainability of urban mobility Mrs. F. Betül GÜNEY AKBIYIK, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
São Paolo’s experiences in technology and sustainability of urban mobility Mr. José Evaldo Gonçalo, Deputy Secretary of Transport of São Paolo
Mr. Vidal Melo,  Advisor to the Transport Secretary of São Paolo
Welcome to Innovative Transport Solutions – City Showcase Chengdu Mr. Antoine Feral, Michelin
International Twinning City Workshop
Experiences from city of Bratislava Mr. Peter Bánovec, city of Bratislava
Experiences from Madrid Mr. Manuel Sanchez, EMT Madrid
Roundtable discussions between cities: Lyon, Gothenburg, Amsterdam, Bratislava Mr. Peter Staelens, EUROCITIES
Recommendation for future cooperation Mr. Paul Batty, University of Newcastle

Gothenburg has been one of main pilot sites for many national and European R&D projects and has implemented many innovative transport solutions. Gothenburg is also the city of the Lindholmen Science Park (LSP), an institute where university, business and government join forces to boost innovation, e.g. in Transport, ICT and Media.

These event consisted of 9 showcases grouped under 5 categories:

Efficient Mobility Management

  • Gothenburg Traffic Management Centre: As Gothenburg is growing, there is a need to manage the transport network with reduced capacity and increasing demand while new infrastructures are under construction. In this context, the Traffic Management Centre works to ensure the flow of regional multimodal traffic information, effective freight transport, and immediate response in case of restrictions, accidents and disturbances to the road network.



Deployment of Clean Vehicles

  • Hybrid buses: Gothenburg public transport fleet counts on Volvo 7900 Hybrid buses since 2012. Among their advantages are: low emissions, less noise, high capacity and low fuel consumption.
  • Fully electric public transport: ElectriCITY plug-in project has put on circulation energy-efficient, emissions-free and completely silent buses. In addition to the electric buses, the project included the creation and trial runs of new bus-stop solutions,  traffic-routing systems, safety concepts, energy supply and business models.


Innovative Public Transport

  • BRT-lite: In Gothenburg public transport covers 29% of all trips. Most PT journeys are made by tramway (60%), but the BRT system is becoming increasingly popular. BRT-Lite was first introduced in 2003 and today there are 8 lines.



Sustainable Urban Logistics

  • City delivery concept: One implemented solution is the City Delivery Concept (Stadsleveransen) where small goods are delivered with zero emission vehicles in the city centre. This solution has cut down heavy traffic in the area, reducing traffic congestion and noise.
  • Collaborative city distribution: The increasing congestion in Gothenburg poses a challenge to the logistics sector. To tackle this, the city relies on collaborative distribution within the framework of the ‘Climate smart city  distribution’ project. Collaborative city distribution increases transport efficiency, filling-rate and economic benefits while lowering the environmental impact of freight transport. This solution involves 100 vehicles, which operate in one of the  largest logistics terminals in Northern Europe.
  • High capacity Inter-urban regional distribution: The DUO2 project is testing trucks that are longer and heavier than those allowed in Europe nowadays. Special permission was given to test a 32-meter-long truck weighing up to 80 tons, covering the 300 km that separate Gothenburg from Malmö. DUO2 project has shown a 27 percent reduction in fuel consumption, compared to standard trucks. DUO2 also optimized cargo loads, transporting up to 200 m3 and averaging 60 tons in weight. This indicates that volume and load distribution may play a more significant role than weight restrictions.
  • Micro-terminal concept at Campus Lindholmen: The local distribution at the Lindholmen Science Park has been organised in a shared micro-terminal through which 14 different organisations share logistic resources. The micro-terminal has been in operation since June  2008 and is handling goods reception, distribution and waste management. This system reduces the amount of vehicles in circulation, reducing traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.


Transport Planning

  • Älvrummet: Älvrummet is an entire building dedicated to the development of Gothenburg, and a natural arena for debate on urban development, with the overarching objective to turn Gothenburg into “the Livable City”. The idea is that visitors will get a picture of the Gothenburg city of today and tomorrow.


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