fredagen den 30:e september 2011

Kent Ek; is he the guy that can increase the level of biking in Sweden?

Kent Ek is assigned by the National Goverment to investigate how to increase biking in Sweden. However he will soon be transferred to a post in the EU parliament. He is not even sure if that will work out himself.

In this article in DN he talks a bit about how what he thinks is most important to get more people in the saddle. He especially points out increased safety as the most important improvement. In my mind there are three important areas to work on.

- Increased accessibility, it must be easy and fast to reach your destination.

- Safety, When it comes to getting more people to bike it is not the actual safety but the experienced safety that is important.

- Image of biking. It is cool to go by bike!

Anyway there was a national bicycle plan in the year 2000. It pointed out a ten year strategy on how to increase biking in Sweden by 2010. As almost nothing in the plan was implemented the result was that biking decreased instead. Investigations and planns are just not enough.

Nice autumn light

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onsdagen den 28:e september 2011

Making up statistics

They say there is no worse lay than statistics. In today's DN there is a good example.

Trafic reasercher Irene Isaksson-Hellman from insurance company IF says that the number
of killed and seriously injured bikers has increased recently. This is simply not true. Looking at official statistics it is clear that the number of killed bikers have not increased. from 2009 to 2010 there was a decrease of 33% in the number of bikers killed. For the first 8 months of 2011 the same historically low level remains. The number of bikers seriously injured is more steady but also declining. from 2009 to 2010 there is a decrease of injured by 11% and for the first 8 months of 2011 there is a very tiny increase (3%).

What is Ifs interest of trying to fool people into believing biking is dangerous? Well less bikes means more cars. More cars means more traffic insurances for IF.

tisdagen den 27:e september 2011

torsdagen den 15:e september 2011

onsdagen den 7:e september 2011

Meeting on new biking strategy for Lunds Kommun

Important Notice Below!


On 28 September there will be a meeting at Lunds Stadshall on a new bicycle plan to improve for bikers in Lund. This is a very welcome initiative from Lunds Kommun so please try to take some time of to join with some personal input. Don't forget to announce your intention to come to Katrin Andersson (katrin.andersson@lund.se) no later than the 22 of September.

Important Notice:

I just recived an E-mail from Katrin saying that this meeting is only open for officials in the Lunds Kommun administration. Later on there will be other outreaching activities.

måndagen den 5:e september 2011