Malmö actively works to facilitate the city´s traffic, with a strong focus on public transport and non-motorised transport (especially bicycles). High hopes are also attached to the development of the City Tunnel, which will provide great opportunities to connect the region via train traffic.
Thenew citytunnel will open in December 2010 and will connect train travel north of the city to southern connection points including Trelleborg, Ystad and Copenhagen. The City Tunnel will consist of17 kilometresof railway and6 kilometresof tunnel, generating the largest investment in public transport in Malmö's history. The City Tunnel will also give Malmö two new train stations: Triangle and Hyllie.
Sweden´s cycle city
Malmö is linked by410 kilometresof bicycle paths, containing more bicycle pathways than any other Swedish city — in fact even five kilometres more than its sister-city Copenhagen, famous for its bicycle culture. Bicycling in Malmö is on the rise, increasing 11% in the last year, with some 30% of total transport occurring on a bicycle. As much as 40% of all work-related activities are undertaken by bicycle.
Bicycles are given priority in Malmö
At 28 intersections in Malmö a sensor system has been installed to grant cyclists priority. As cyclists approach an intersection, which is not already crowded by car traffic, the lights quickly turn green to favour the cyclist.
All employees working for the City of Malmö have received the opportunity to join a training course in Ecodriving. Ecodriving is a technique to reduce fuel consumption in vehicular transport, improving the economical and environmental viability of this transport alternative. The City of Malmö has also enacted a method referred to as ‘Heavy Ecodriving´ used by the city´s truck fleet.
Malmö City is active in its efforts to incorporate green public procurement. All new cars purchased by the City are some of the best environmental models available on the market. As the city replaces its older vehicles, it aims to build a fleet comprised 100% of green cars.
Approximately 29 million journeys are made on city buses in Malmö each year. Several policies and programmes have attempted to make city buses an even more attractive choice. Such efforts include increasing the frequency of bus transportation, as well as providing special lanes for bus traffic. Additionally, many bus stops now feature real-time displaces which accurately display when the next bus will arrive.