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2. Accessibility and Proximity

In Stockholm Royal Seaport, a dense and accessible city is being created with close access to amenities and parks. This improves equality because women’s and men’s daily lives and travel patterns differ considerably. This also contributes to increased opportunities for good mobility irrespective of age, disability, or other individual circumstances.  

To transport more people and more goods more sustainably in a growing city, a transition to more capacity- and resource-efficient means of transport is needed.

To reduce environmental impact, the area’s transport hierarchy prioritises walking and cycling, followed by public transport. This also has health benefits and offers advantages in terms of promoting lower cost, more equitable mean of transport. Creating green spaces that encourage people to visit the area also contributes to greater biodiversity.

This strategy helps achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

This strategy helps achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Here we report on and provide examples of what is being done to meet sustainability goals.

2.1 Prioritising walking, cycling and public transport

The area is already served by public transport including a metro and several bus lines. A bus service now also stops outside Värtaterminalen. The 2019 resident survey shows that 66 per cent of residents are satisfied with public transport. This is an improvement from 2016, when 42 per cent said they were satisfied. Residents over the age of 65 are generally more satisfied with public transport than other age groups. Stockholm Public Transport’s review of Stockholm Royal Seaport’s future public transport needs continued during the year. Various options involving bus and tram services were reviewed. To establish more sustainable travel patterns and ensure road safety from the outset, work is actively being done to keep pedestrian and bicycle routes open and safe during the construction phase. Read more

Development sites

Requirements:

  • Bicycle parking spaces 2.2 (Norra 2) and 2.5 (other detailed development phases) space/dwelling depending on phase.
  • Car parking spaces 0.5/dwelling of which at least 20% must be equipped with electrical charging facilities with remaining spaces charging-ready.
  • The first phases of Norra 1 and Västra are subject to voluntary commitments.

The majority of developers meet parking space requirements for cars, bicycles, and electric charging points. The requirements for the first two phases of Norra 1 and Västra are based on voluntary agreements, shown in lighter colours in the table below. These results have been supplied by developers and have not been reviewed by the City of Stockholm. See diagram 2.1 and table 2.1 below.

Diagram 2.1 Average number of bicycle and car spaces per dwelling

Table 2.1 Bicycle and car parking spaces per development site

Etapp/xxNorra 2BrofästetGasverket västraVästraNorra 1
Norra 2BrofästetGasverket västraVästraNorra 1
StatusCompletedPlannedPlannedCompletedCompleted
Total bicycle parking spaces1.4111.5711952.6761.268
Bicycle parking spaces/dwelling2,32,7Ej relevant2,11,9
Proportion of indoor bicycle parking spaces83 %73 %2 %IUIU
Total car parking spaces2952894590355
Car parking spaces/dwelling0,48 0,5 Ej relevant0,50,5
Share of electric vehicle charging point15 %25 %0 %7 %2 %

Use of the garage was reviewed in 2018. Results showed that occupancy is high. Twelve of 15 garages had an occupancy level of more than 95 per cent.

Bicycle parking spaces 

Parking spaces for bicycles and cars per building
Norra 2

Several developers have provided bicycle parking indoors and outdoors. The requirement to prepare for electrical charging has resulted in 15 per cent of car spaces being equipped with charging points. During the evaluation it was found that the quantitative requirements for bicycle spaces had to be supplemented with qualitative requirements.

Diagram 2.1.3 Bicycle and car parking spaces per dwelling, Norra 2

Comments:

  • SSM has fewer car parking spaces because they have a car pool car and have more bicycle parking than the requirement states.
  • Erik Wallin has been granted approval for one car parking space per terraced house.
  • Stockholmshem, Skanska, Bonava, and Wallenstam have space for bicycles in double height racks in bicycle rooms..
Brofästet

From Brofästet onwards, the requirement for bicycle parking has been increased and supplemented with qualitative requirements. All developers meet the accessibility requirement with an even distribution between indoor and outdoor spaces. 25 per cent of car parking spaces have charging points.

Diagram 2.6 Bicycle and car spaces per dwelling, Brofästet

  • Tobin Properties, Stockholmshem, Riksbyggen, and HSB have space for bicycles in double height racks in bicycle rooms.
  • Stockholmshem plans space for bicycles on balconies, either hung on racks vertically or parallel to walls, which works well.
  • Åke Sundvall has been granted approval for one car parking space per terraced house.
Gasverket Västra

Gasverket Västra is home to old and new buildings. Developers of existing buildings lack space within these properties, so bicycle parking is located in public open space with the exception of parking spaces assigned to employees. Parking spaces for cars are limited to a small number of disabled spaces.

  • Bobergsskolan (SISAB) has 136 bicycle spaces on development sites but will also have access to 208 bicycle spaces in public open space immediately next-door to the school.
  • Hjorthagshallen (Fastighetskontoret) will have 56 bicycle parking spaces that will be shared with the pre-school.
  • Stockholm Transport Museum has three bicycle spaces in a bicycle room for staff.
Södra Värtan

From the Södra Värtan phase onwards, the Mobility Index tool has been developed to promote sustainable mobility solutions. As developers have only recently started using the tool, results are not yet reported. The Mobility Index is inspired by the Green Space Index and gives developers more opportunities to design custom mobility solutions for their own properties.

Public space

On-street bicycle parking complements that on development sites. There are also special parking spaces reserved for carpooling with charging points and a fast charging point available for all. See table 2.2. For more information on the number of homes see table 1.1 in the Vibrant City section.

Table 1.1 Key figures >

Table 2.2 Bicycle and car parking spaces in public space

Etapp/xxNorra 2BrofästetVästraNorra 1
Norra 2BrofästetVästraNorra 1
StatusCompletedPlannedCompletedCompleted
Bicycle parking spaces120194178134
Car parking spaces1035813680
Electric vehicle charging points85136
Prepared for carpool parking spaces85136

Five-minute city

Proximity to private and public amenities plays a key role in the sort of travel patterns that are created. The interactive maps below show how long it takes to get to different kinds of everyday amenities such as grocery stores, pre-schools, and bus and metro stops. In the maps below, each circle corresponds to a five minute walk, approximately 400 metres, from respective destinations.

Shops

Pre-schools

School

Buss and metro stops


What residents think

The 2019 resident survey shows that 66 per cent of correspondents are satisfied with public transport. This is an improvement from 2016 when 42 per cent said that they were satisfied. In general, those over 65 years of age are more satisfied with public transport than other age groups. Many residents are satisfied with access to pedestrian and bike lanes and the option of walking or cycling to nearby areas.

Diagram 2.2 How satisfied/dissatisfied are you with your neighbourhood in terms of…?

There are no data on road safety for cyclists or traffic safety for pedestrians and cyclists for 2016 as these questions were not asked. For 2019, there is no information on road safety for cyclists or traffic safety for pedestrians as these questions were not asked.

The 2019 residents also shows that during the winter, 42 per cent use public transport at least five days a week, which is slightly more than the 39 per cent reported in 2016. During the winter, public transport is the means of transport used by the largest proportion of residents – five days per week or more – to get to or from the area. The corresponding proportion during the summer is somewhat smaller, which is probably because the proportion of walking or cycling is often larger at that time of the year, see Figure 2.1.

Diagram 2.3 How do you travel to and from Stockholm Royal Seaport?

Diagram 2.4 What are the main reasons your household owns a car (%) . 


How targets have been met
MålUppföljningsmått
TargetKPI
2.1 Prioritise pedestrian, cycling and public transport in planningThe diversion ratio varies between 1.07 and 1.36 for those who have the longest to go to key target points (Norra 2). 89% of residents are very or quite satisfied with access to the walkways/pavements. The figure is 77% for bicycle lanes and 66% for public transport. 59% are very or quite satisfied with road safety for pedestrians and 56% for cyclists. Resident survey 2019.
2.2 bicycle parking spaces/dwelling on development sites and 0.17 per dwelling in public open space. 0.5 car parking spaces/dwelling on development sites and 0.14 per dwelling in public open space. 8% of street parking is allocated for a carpooling.

2.2 Vibrant street space

Bergrumgaraget car park, (located in a cavern), with space for 1,600 cars, is expected to open in 2022. This will provide parking without taking up land above ground and without reducing the attractiveness of and proximity to public transport. The car park will primarily service Gasverket and Kolkajen residents. Caverns 40 metres below ground level at Södra Värtan will also be available. In 2020, options for using these spaces for car parking will be reviewed in collaboration with Stockholm Parkering and developers with land allocations.

How targets have been met
MålUppföljningsmått
TargetKPI
2.2 Plan for vibrant street spaces that allow flexible useCommercial space: 14%. Public spaces with social values: 20% (= 19 m2/dwelling). 79% of residents are very/quite satisfied with safety in the area. Resident survey 2019.

2.3 Efficient, sustainable freight transport

Stockholm Royal Seaport’s Construction Consolidation Centre, (CCC), was established in 2013. As all developers and contractors are obliged to join the CCC, logistics flows can be co-ordinated, and services offered to reduce construction site traffic in the immediate area. CCC controls site traffic in and out of the construction area. In 2019, construction traffic in the area decreased by 22 per cent and the shared transport load was 80 per cent. In 2018, a Mass Consolidation Centre, (MCC), was started in Frihamnen to streamline bulk materials management through on-site sorting and remediation of excavated materials.

Construction Consolidation Centre

Stockholm Royal Seaport’s Construction Consolidation Centre, (CCC), was established in 2013. The CCC controls construction site traffic in and out of the construction area. As all developers and contractors are obliged to join the CCC, logistics flows can be co-ordinated, and services offered to reduce construction site traffic in the immediate area.

In 2019, construction traffic in the area decreased by 22 per cent and the shared transport load was 80 per cent. By co-ordinating waste management from the construction area, the total transport requirement has decreased by about 50 per cent.

Increasingly, greater focus is placed on logistics planning during the early stages of projects and during implementation. A new transport booking system is open to use with other logistics systems and compatible with industry standards.

In 2019, CCC's short-term warehouse has moved from Ropsten to the Loudden container terminal. The relocation was carried out ahead of the soil remediation of Ropsten, which gets underway in 2020. The new location is strategic, being close to the port for loading and unloading from vessels.

In 2019, a fresh customer satisfaction survey was conducted regarding CCC’s operations. It showed that customer satisfaction had increased from 49 per cent to 70 per cent from 2017 to 2019.

Construction Consolidation Centre, Resource efficiency and climate responsibility >


Mass Consolidation Centre

In 2018, the Mass Consolidation Centre (MCC) was opened in Frihamnen to streamline bulk materials management with the help of through on-site sorting and remediation. The facility is financed with grants from the City of Stockholm’s climate investment funds.

In 2019, the MCC has helped reduce the number of heavy truck journeys made to external handling facilities by 1,400. Of the excavated material journeys that were made to the centre, the reuse of bulk materials and use of efficient trucks with trailers, reduced the number of journeys from the area by 73 per cent.

Residents have complained about noise and dust. As a result, noise measurements have been carried out and sound dampening measures at the centre has been improved.

”The Construction Consolidation Centre contributes to the increased reuse of excavated materials, thereby reducing the number of journeys to and from Stockholm Royal Seaport. The Mass Consolidation Centre is a key aspect of our work on efficient and sustainable transport,” Sofia Billersjö, soil environmental specialist, Stockholm Royal Seaport, City Development Administration.

Mass Consolidation Centre , Resource efficiency and climate responsibility >


How targets have been met
MålUppföljningsmått
TargetKPI
2.3  The infrastructure shall promote co-loading and efficient, sustainable freight transport.
The co-loading effect within the construction area was 80%.
Helicopter flight around the area
This flight from April 2019 provides a current overview of the urban development area.

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Key figures:

  • 2,2 bicycle parking spaces and 0.5 car spaces per dwelling on development site.
  • 10% of the car parking spaces on development site have electric charging, 15% in phase Norra 2.
  • 5 minutes walking distance to everyday service.