The Dynamics of Local Processes Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport - Case of Lund, Sweden



The Dynamics of Local Processes Towards Environmentally Sustainable Transport - Case of Lund, Sweden

WINNER OF The Neil Mansfield Award

Authors

HANSEN C J, Aalborg University, Denmark

Description

In recent years, efforts have been made to analyse and propose policy strategies and policy instruments towards environmentally sustainable conditions in the transport sector (e.g. OECD, 1995 & 1997; Nijkamp, 1994). Less research have focused on how such

Abstract

In recent years, efforts have been made to analyse and propose policy strategies and policy instruments towards environmentally sustainable conditions in the transport sector (e.g. OECD, 1995 & 1997; Nijkamp, 1994). Less research have focused on how such strategies and instruments are actually being integrated in the real-life context of local transport policy-making and planning (as in Bratzel, 1999). This is remarkable, as there are many local communities, in the industrialised countries, which have started to adapt sustainability as a goal in comprehensive plans and other planning activities. This ongoing research project is focusing on actualpractices of transport-enviranment policy-making and planning in local communities. What are the local level possibilities and limitations, strongholds and obstacles, for a development towards environmentally sustainable transport? The aim of this study is to explore and discuss the dynamics of local processes leading towards the creation of an environmentally sustainable transport system. It is the intention to explore the nature and background of sustainability issues in specific local transport policy-making and planning. This paper presents the case of Lurid in Sweden. The city of Lurid was chosen, on the background of a questionnaire, as a seemingly front-runner community in Sweden, wjthln transport-environmental policy-making and planning. In 1998 the municipality council in Lund gave a decisive political mandate to a long-term plan - called LundaMaTs - for an environmentally adjusted transport system. This paper attempts to clarify how LundaMaTs came about, and it discusses some preliminary ideas on how this can be understood in a more analytical perspective.

Publisher

Association for European Transport