Göteborgsvarvet half marathon 2009

                      

Foto: Tommy Holl

Last weekend I visited Göteborgsvarvet , a half marathon running contest. This was the first year for some time that I could not make it to the start my self. This year there were 41 000 participants, a new record. Together with spectators and families some 200 000 people were moving in the area.

Such an event puts high demands on the transports. Gothenburg I normally not highly congested compared to many European cities. But, this day it was completely crowded. The area of the start and finish arena was more or less blocked by cars. The trams were out of schedule because of the race crossing the city centre. The buses were de-routed.

The traffic situation reminded me of a table that I got from my colleague, Peter Danielsson, some time ago.When the street space is the limiting factor its important to use vehicles with high capacity.The table depicts what it takes to transport 10.000 persons one km.

Passengers Vehicles     Space       Fuel

                     (numbers) (numbers)    (m2)        (liters)

Car                      5              2000        24000        200

Bus                   100             100          3400          50

BRT bus           175               57           2850          35

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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