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Critical challenges in implementing sustainable transport policy in Stockholm and Gothenburg

Pettersson, Fredrik LU ; Stjernborg, Vanessa LU and Curtis, Carey LU (2021) In Cities 113(June).
Abstract

This paper explores the mental-models of Swedish planners in order to understand the extent to which they support the ideals of sustainable transport. Focussing on three critical challenges: forecast-led versus vision-led planning; tackling congestion; and, public acceptability; the findings, drawn from in-depth interviews, demonstrate mostly advanced thinking. However, implementation can be at odds with these mental models, highlighting important lessons for other cities. There is a disconnect between the objectives of reducing car use and the continuation of investments in increasing road capacity, and a difficulty in transitioning from forecast-led planning to back-casting. Political controversies and public acceptability for... (More)

This paper explores the mental-models of Swedish planners in order to understand the extent to which they support the ideals of sustainable transport. Focussing on three critical challenges: forecast-led versus vision-led planning; tackling congestion; and, public acceptability; the findings, drawn from in-depth interviews, demonstrate mostly advanced thinking. However, implementation can be at odds with these mental models, highlighting important lessons for other cities. There is a disconnect between the objectives of reducing car use and the continuation of investments in increasing road capacity, and a difficulty in transitioning from forecast-led planning to back-casting. Political controversies and public acceptability for measures to decrease car use are an added challenge.

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Discourses, Mental models, Planning, Qualitative research, Sustainability, Transitions, Transport
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103153
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10.1016/j.cities.2021.103153
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  author       = {Pettersson, Fredrik and Stjernborg, Vanessa and Curtis, Carey},
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  publisher    = {Elsevier},
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  title        = {Critical challenges in implementing sustainable transport policy in Stockholm and Gothenburg},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103153},
  doi          = {10.1016/j.cities.2021.103153},
  volume       = {113},
  year         = {2021},
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