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Transport model facilitates planning in Odense

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COWI has developed a transport model for Odense Municipality to assist municipal planning. The result is a tool which combines different means of transport and illustrates the effect of planned restructuring.

For many years, Odense Municipality has strived to improve traffic conditions, particularly in central Odense. A focal point has been to move more travellers from private cars to public transport, footpaths and bicycle lanes.

To this end, COWI has developed a mathematical transport model which combines different means of transport to perform consistency controls of municipal initiatives. It is a tool which may inspire other municipalities.

Not a traditional transport model

The model has been devised through thorough analysis of both private car and public transport as well as the conditions for cyclists in the Odense area. Calculations of car movements are based on plan data, drawing on e.g. the location of schools and residential and shopping areas in combination with the accessibility of these areas.  COWI also carried out a questionnaire study on the use of public transport.

The model distinguishes itself from traditional transport models which usually focus on private cars. The distinctive feature of the Odense model is that it integrates both bicycle and public transport. In this respect, the model can be seen as the first of its kind in Denmark outside of the greater Copenhagen area.

A living tool

The model was designed in 2011 and has been used continuously since then by both COWI and Odense Municipality's transport planners. It is a living tool, which is used daily in the planning of elements such as speed restrictions, closing of streets and transition to one-way traffic. The model is also used for the construction of new car parks and in the preparation of the new Odense hospital.

The transport model also contains a strategic effect calculator which illustrates the environmental effects of transport restructuring. This helps bring attention to the sustainability of municipal projects, to the benefit of both the municipality and its citizens.

LAST UPDATED: 25.08.2017