City transport

Programme details

City transport
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Programme type: Funding programme
Origin: National (Norway)
Duration: 2002 - 2005
  • Outline
  • Funding
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Background & policy context: 

The general trend within travel behaviour is that the proportion of car trips and the distance travelled per person is increasing. At the same time there has been a modal shift from sea and rail freight over to road freight. In total this leads to more road transport which again has environmental consequences such as emissions, noise and deterioration of urban areas.

St.meld. nr. 46, The Norwegian Transport Plan [white paper], focuses on this problem area and sets as its goal to '. . .better environment and health quality of urban areas, reduce the rate of accidents and improve the conditions for public transport and trade. This must be achieved by a combination of means and initiatives contributing to lower the increase in private motoring and encourage the use of bikes and public transport.'

Relevant knowledge on the field exists already, both nationally and internationally. The challenge is to apply it. There is also a lack of empirical data material about specific initiatives, needed to compare the effects of an initiative applied in different places, and to study the interaction and effect of two or more initiatives combined.

Strategic Objectives: 

The aim of the City Transport programme is to improve professional expertise in the field, and attaches importance to the communication of knowledge to politicians and the public. This knowledge will improve the decision basis in transport related questions. It will also contribute to better the health- and environment quality in urban areas and limit the increase in private motoring, by encouraging cycling and the use of public transport.

Programme organisation: 

The City Transport programme was started in 2002, but most of the projects have only just commenced. The programme is divided between the three following sub-programmes:
1) 'Improved environment efficiency in transporting' (7 projects)
2) 'Man- and company adjusted initiatives' (3 projects)
3) 'City designing and city life' (7 projects)

Leading Institutions:

Public institution

The Directorate of Public Roads
Type of funding: 
Public (national/regional/local)
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 


Participating countries: 
Total number of projects: 


Projects covered: 

Examples of projects by sub-programme are:

Sub-programme 1) 'Improved environment efficiency in transporting'

  • Creative pricing in public transporting
  • Goods in the city
  • The Walking guide
  • City of tomorrow (further development of an EU-project)
  • Public transport junctions 
  • etc.

Sub-programme 2) 'Man- and company adjusted initiatives' (Three projects)

  • Parking - the Governments buildings in Trondheim city
  • Initiatives aimed at companies
  • Mobility Management

Sub-programme 3) 'City designing and city life' (Seven projects)

  • Heavy traffic roads
  • Travel habits in Norwegian cities
  • Effects of increased road capacity
  • Socio-cultural area analysis
  • etc.
Project Profiles:
  1. Bicycle Park & Ride
  2. Cycle lanes: Methods of inspection
  3. Design of heavily used streets in towns/cities
  4. Differential walking network
  5. Evaluating highway systems around cities
  6. Free bus in Bergen
  7. Freight transport in cities
  8. Handbook on Targeted Public Transport
  9. Inventive pricing of urban public transport
  10. inventive pricing of urban public transport (Student report: Conflicts between operation and public economic considerations in local transport)
  11. Literature study
  12. Mobility Management at company level
  13. Public transport nodes: seminar with report
  14. Semi-urban areas
  15. Shaping public transport nodes
  16. Targeted public transport
  17. The book of walking
  18. Walking seminar
  19. Walking statistics
Contact Name: 
Ms Guro Berge
Contact Email: 
Norwegian Public Roads Administration
Postboks 8142 Dep
Contact country: 
+47 22 07 36 27
Fax Number: 
+47 22 07 37 68