Contact & Activities

Participating city

Östersund ()
61.745 inhabitants

Local contact

Grön Trafik
Anne Sörensson
Östersunds kommun, Grön Trafik
831 82 Östersund
++46 63 144 661

Participation 2007

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
Almost all actions initiated during the week are related or have a connection to the “Streets for people”-theme. The most noticeable actions are the restriction of traffic in the city center and the free tickets on public transport. But the soapbox race, architect walk, climate quiz and circus act, the dance show and the market on the main square all enables people to take over the streets. The car pool project and the challenge initiative for pupils to walk and bicycle more reduces the number of cars and is intended to bring more life to the streets of Östersund. The security and energy walk and the seminar on durable and equal transport both aim at establishing a foundation of knowledge in the participants. A knowledge that in the long term results in a higher level of safety, sustainability, security and equality to the people on the streets. The environmental breakfast held by the public transport sector should trigger interest for public transportation and planned investment in eco city buses. The municipal project regarding smart travel habits should trigger interest in public transportation. A test extension of the public transportation system, to reach a company currently out of range from buses, should also decrease the number of cars.
The bicycle race and the bicycle trip to the bio gas plant and filling station both activate the participants. The latter also plants knowledge about cars driven on renewable fuel in the minds of the interested; a knowledge that might result in a better environment when they make the choice to buy such a car. The exhibition of environment friendly cars is also tied into that equation.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
Traffic will be restricted within the city center between 10.00 and 14.30. Information about extent of the restriction is found on http//
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
  • Improvement of infrastructure (new foot bridges, pavements, road crossings, zebra crossings etc)
  • Extension or creation of new greenways
Public transport services
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport network (creation of HOV lanes for public transport modes, new stops, new lines, reserved areas etc)
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport services (express services, increase frequency etc)
  • Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Reduction of outside parking zones
  • Create the tactile pavements
  • Create wheelchair ramps
  • Lowering of pavements
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes
  • Use of clean vehicles
Mobility management
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
  • Provision of incentives and bonuses to employers