Hasta la pasta!

Biogas from municipal waste is the Stockholm transport authority’s preferred fuel for the future of buses in their city. They’re aiming for a carbon neutral public transport system by 2025.

It featured in a recent advertising campaign on the buses, billed “Thanks for the Food”, which said:

Thank you for eating cannelloni and gravadlax last week, because what you flushed down the toilet now fuels this bus.

The number of cars in Stockholm works out at 402 per thousand people, compared to 459 per thousand in the rest of Sweden. People don’t need to drive because the city has a public-transport system that works.

Auckland has 665 cars per thousand people, 65% more than Stockholm. People do need to drive because the city has a public-transport system that doesn’t work. Give Russel more muscle to get Auckland moving, sustainably.

7 Comments Posted

  1. Stockholm also has congestion charging, the revenue of which is mostly going to improve roads. Seems like public transport doesn’t meet all their needs now does it?

    Stockholm is also the capital city, so has a far higher percentage of employment in the CBD than Auckland does.

    Stockholm also has a complete bypass western “ring” route, very little of it is tunnelled.

    43% of trips in Stockholm are by car, walking and cycling is second at 35%, which is because it has far more people living close to the CBD. Public transport is third at 22%, nothing special.

    The big difference is the living space for most Aucklanders is far more than most in Stockholm. Far higher proportions of Stockholm residents live in high rise apartments than in Auckland, where people have houses and backyards. That is the lifestyle option available in lower density new world cities.

    You might also mention the levels of tax in Sweden and ask yourself whether NZers are willing to tolerate that, the evidence appears to be no. So if you can’t force people to pay for what they wont voluntarily pay for, then you have to meet what they want.

  2. According to Frog’s ARTA source “It has around 876,796 vehicles and a population of 1,319,000, so there is one car for every 1.5 people.”

    All ARTA have done is subtract 105,000 trucks from the 985,000 registered vehicles and assumed that what’s left are all cars. In fact there are around 130,000 assorted Rental cars, Taxis, Buses/Coaches, Trailers,
    Motorcycles, Mopeds, Tractors and Exempt vehicles.

    So there are actually only one car for every 1.8 people. That’s only 556 cars per thousand residents. That’s roughly one-third more than Stockholm, not two-thirds. Wellington is one-fifth worse than Stockholm. The country as a whole and most regions are only 20% more car intensive than Sweden.

    Our high level of car ownership does explain low level of sauna ownership compared with Sweden. If Aucklander’s didn’t spend so much of their hard earned cash on cars ownership they too could afford the Swedish lifestyle of a sauna and a roll in the snow every day. But only in winter of course, Auckland is only knee deep in snow for nine months of the year 😉

  3. Yes nzroller, I think that Germans own about the same number of cars as Aucklanders, but use them a crap load less often. Why? Because they actually have other transport options.

    Unlike in Auckland where we’ve spent all transport money on roads for most of the past 60 years.

  4. While Owen’s second observation is probably correct, the first is only half true — the winters are severe but you can still drive after changing to winter studded tyres.

    Surely more important than the number of cars per inhabitant is the number of trips one drives? I’m sure this will show an even starker difference between the two cities.

    The way I look at it is as an issue of personal freedoms — in Stockholm one has the freedom to take the underground, train or tram, bus, bike, walk or drive. It has the infrastructure to deal with each of these, including cycle and foot paths off the road into parks and through urban forests and apartment complexes. In Auckland you have no choice: no underground, no train, not many bike paths, not many buses and not enough affordable apartments to live close enough to work to walk.

  5. The Swedes don’t seem scared of tunnels though Owen, quite a successful metro they have in Stockholm. It runs under water quite frequently too.

    Or are you starting to realise that you’re the only one out there with “Diana syndrome”?

  6. Have you ever been to Stockholm. The winters are so severe that for six months you effectively cannot drive.

    And when Swedes get drunk they get falling over drunk much quicker than most.
    I suspect it is because they are normally so restrained and well mannered that they seek instant release with a good excuse. It’s hard to keep your glass unspilled in a Swedish bar because bump into you all the time walking to and from the bar.
    Lovely people but seriously affected by their climate.

  7. It’s a shame they still feel the need to flush though. There are better ways to employ water than for flushing human waste.
    In the way that cars run on fuels derived from oils used to cook fish and chips, smell like fish and chips, do buses running on biogas made from human manure smell like …?

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