Research and Development
Trivector was founded by researchers from Lund University, and has always maintained a close connection to research. To maintain our leading position in R&D, both in Sweden and abroad, we continuously strive to increase the pool of knowledge and competence in the company by participating in research projects. By staying at the forefront of transport research, but with one foot firmly placed in transport practice, we are ideally positioned to best serve our clients and research partners. Our research projects are generally funded by large funding bodies such as Vinnova (The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems), The Swedish Transport Administration, and the European Union.
We participate in both national and international research projects: please see below for an overview of international research projects, as well as a small selection of our Swedish research projects.
Ongoing research projects
Funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme, Polycentric Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (Poly-SUMP) is a three year project started in April 2012. It aims to develop a sustainable mobility planning methodology in polycentric regions – areas characterised by several centres, where services and goods, and therefore transport needs, are scattered in different towns. Planning mobility in these areas is complex, as several municipalities, sometimes even from different countries, and many stakeholders are involved. Poly-SUMP offers a methodology for poly-centric regions to overcome barriers and to build a constructive dialogue among all involved actors in order to reach a common vision of sustainable mobility. Further information please contact Nazan Kocak on +46 10 456 56 21 or visit the project website.
Co-funded under the Intelligent-Energy Europe Programme of the European Union, this project looks at creating more sustainable travel behaviours of visitors to 8 European coastal tourist regions. The project started on 1 March 2012, and will run for 3 years. For more information, contact: Katarina Evanth +46 10 456 56 12.
Mobile IT and vulnerable road users (Mobil IT och oskyddade trafikanter)
Mobile IT is a Swedish research project funded by the Swedish Transport Administration which looks at the possible dangers of using portable mobile devices such as smartphones, MP3 players etc. There has been considerable research done which looks at how mobile devices distract car drivers, but this project looks at the use of mobile devices by vulnerable road users to understand the possible road safety implications. To find out more about the project, please contact Emeli Adell, +46 10 456 56 22.
This EU IEE project runs from June 2010 to May 2013, and is developing a method to assess, improve and promote the environmental sustainability of local governments’ transport and land-use planning policies. For further details, contact Emeli Adell +46 10 456 56 22, or visit the project website.
This project looks at improving the accessibility of public spaces and public transport through the development of a quality management scheme which supports municipalities, cities and regions in their efforts to improve accessibility. For more information, contact Hanna Wennberg +46 10 456 56 08, or visit the project website.
LETS 2050 Freight: research for sustainable freight (Lets 2050 Gods: Forskning för hållbara godstransporter)
This Swedish research project financed by Vinnova started in 2009 and will run for 3 years. The project looks at freight and logistics. It studies, for example, the challenges faced by companies in moving towards sustainable goods transport, and which policies and instruments can really make a positive difference in contributing to the sustainability of freight transport. For more information, please contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10.
Selection of past research projects
Methods & measurements for monitoring pedestrian and cycle traffic (Mått- och mätmetoder för uppföljning av gc-trafik)
The objective of this research project was to propose a harmonised method for monitoring the proportion of pedestrian and cycle traffic, which enables comparisons to be made over years and between towns, regions or the country as a whole. The intention is that the method should be mainly used for evaluations at an overriding level, for example for determining whether measures to promote increased pedestrian and cycle traffic have had the desired effect. The point of departure of the project has been that it is important for both modes, walking and cycling, to be monitored separately. The project has focused on local monitoring in Swedish municipalities of a certain size – at least 25,000 inhabitants, and the methods taken into consideration are travel surveys and cycle flow measurements.
The project which ran from 2009 until March 2012, was financed by the Swedish Transport Administration. It was conducted by VTI, the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, together with Trivector Traffic and Vectura. This work is presented in VTI rapport 686 (written in Swedish with an English summary). In VTI rapport 743 (written in Swedish with an English summary) municipal tests and analyses of travel surveys and cycle flow measurements are presented, and subsequent discussions, has resulted in some practical recommendations to local authorities concerning the way the proportion of pedestrian and cycle traffic should be monitored in order to enable comparisons to be made over time and between places. In the popular version "Hur mycket cyklas det i din kommun?" (“How much cycling is there in your town?”) the recommendations are summarized in Swedish.
For more information, please contact Annika Nilsson, +46 10 456 56 47.
Safer and more secure pedestrian facilities for older people (Trygga och säkra gångmiljöer för äldre - Jämförelse av upplevelser och objektiv säkerhetssituation)
Older people are often discouraged from walking due to security-related barriers in existing pedestrian facilities, while safety considerations remain an important consideration in planning. This Swedish project studied the difference between perceived and actual security barriers, and was financed by the Swedish Road Administration. It looked at how security considerations can better be included into planning processes along with safety considerations, and how ”safer mobility” can act as a guiding principle in planning. For more information, please contact Hanna Wennberg, +46 10 456 56 08.
Unfulfilled environmental policy objectives a hindrance to sustainable development (Borttappade mål hindrar hållbar utveckling – hur får vi med miljömålen i planeringen? (SNE-projektet Stafettpinnen))
Within planning processes, there are many goals, objectives and intentions, which are defined in Sweden within the transport policy objectives. In this Swedish research project (2009-2011, funded by the Swedish Transport Administration), the planning process is compared to a relay race, where the transport policy goals are the batons passed on from national government policy down to others to implement. Case studies in two local authorities included an analysis of planning documents together with interviews from planners. The results from the case studies were coupled with a literature research to propose ways in which environmental objectives can better be taken into account in planning processes at all levels. For more information, please contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10 or Hanna Wennberg, +46 10 456 56 08.
Consideration of induced traffic in planning (Hantering av inducerad trafik i planeringen)
The phenomenon of “induced traffic” whereby increased road capacity creates higher volumes of traffic is a well-accepted and researched phenomenon in transport research. In order to plan sustainable transport systems, it is important to understand the root causes and effects of induced traffic, and plan correctly so that investments are not found to be ineffective on the long term. This Swedish research project funded by the Swedish Road Administration ran in 2009 and 2010, aiming to improve understanding and handling of induced traffic. For more information, please contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10.
“Quick adaptation” for a transport system with reduced oil supply (Metoder för snabb anpassning av transportsystemet till minskad oljetillgång)
The Swedish transport system is highly dependent on oil. It is likely that a radical shift away from oil will be required when prices increase and / or supply is at a sudden low. We need to prepare strategies and plans for how we could quickly adapt our transport system to a different world. This Swedish project, funded by Vinnova, looked at weaknesses, robustness and preparedness in today’s transport system, including a study of which measures could give considerable reductions in oil dependence both on the short and long terms. Case studies for the Öresund region and Stockholm region are included in the study. For more information, please contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10.
Public transport in rural areas (Samordnad kollektivtrafik på landsbygd - Del 2)
Trivector Traffic, together with Skånetrafiken and Jönköpings Länstrafik, researched joint implementation of public transport and social services in rural areas. The project gathered ideas and research with the aim to improve public transport in rural areas throughout Sweden. For more information, please contact Anja Quester, +46 10 456 56 81.
MAX was an FP6 EU project on Mobility Management (MM) and Travel Awareness (TA) in transport. For more information, please contact Pernilla Hyllenius Mattisson, +46 10 456 56 07 or Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10, or visit the project website.
PROCEED (Principles of successful high quality public transport operation and development) was an EU project within the area of public transport planning. The project delivered a planning tool to help plan successful public transport systems in small and medium-sized European cities. If you would like to learn more, please contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10, or visit the project website.
Evaluation of new speed limits in urban areas (Utvärdering av nya hastighetsgränser)
A study of the impacts of changes in speeds limits was studied in before and after studies in several Swedish local authorities, following the introduction of changes in 2007. The project was financed by the Swedish Road Administration. For more information, please contact Leif Linderholm, +46 10 456 56 00.
TransportMistra was an interdisciplinary Swedish research programme on sustainable transport. The Mistra Sustainable Mobility Initiative – TRANSPORTMISTRA – ran from 2006-2008. It developed strategies, models and tools to help improve the long-term sustainability of the transport sector. The interdisciplinary research programme was formed around three subprojects – IMPACT, INFORM and INCLUDE. For more information, please contact Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist, +46 10 456 56 10, or visit the project website.
LibeRTiN – Light Rail Thematic Network – was a European Light Rail network funded under the EU’s 5th FP. It contributed to the harmonisation and standardisation of light rail throughout Europe. For more information, please contact. For more information, please contact PG Andersson.
The European projects BYPAD and BYPAD+ created a tool for municipalities to audit their bicycle policies and infrastructure, and help to improve them. Trivector was a partner in BYPAD+, where the tool was tested on 30 cities, including Lund and Växjö in Sweden as well as Drammen in Norway. You can read more about BYPAD on the website, or contact Annika Nilsson.
ARTS – Actions on the integration of Rural Transport Services
ARTS looked at creating more effective rural transport systems, and ran from 2001-2004. Trivector led a Swedish demonstration case, entitled SAMKOM, on the island of Gotland in cooperation with the municipality of Gotland. SAMKOM looked at integrating parts of the regular public transport service with other public-funded services to improve the public transport service as a whole. For more information, please contact PG Andersson.
Funded under the EU’s 5th FP, MOSES (Mobility Services for Urban Sustainability) ran from 1998-2002 and looked at developing innovative mobility services based on car-sharing experiences, optimising their integration into urban development and within intermodal chains.
MOST ran from 2000 to 2002, and looked at mobility management, i.e. measures which can affect the demands placed on the transportation system through changes in people's attitudes or behavior. Trivector was involved, along with the City of Lund, at looking at the mobility centre in Lund. You can read more on the project website.
PIRATE was a EU FP4 project which looked at how bus terminals, train stations, bus stops, etc. should be located and be constructed in such a way to best facilitate interchange between modes. More information can be found on the TRKC webpage on the project.
Providing public transport in rural areas is no easy matter. In this European project, we analysed success factors for rural transport across a number of European countries. More information can be found on the TRKC webpage on the project.