Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and is located at the Baltic coast in the southwest of Sweden. The city is preparing to make space for almost 700.000 residents by the year 2035 – that’s almost 150.000 more than today. New buildings are being constructed, and new residential areas and city districts are emerging on land previously used for industrial purposes. Gothenburg strives to connect the city across the river Göta älv, with a central city environment on both sides.
Today the senior population is approximately 15 % and is projected to become 25 % by 2050. One of the fastest growing age group in the next 10 years are people over 80 years. Currently, there are already neighbourhoods in which the over-65 age group makes up 20-37 % of the population.
Gothenburg is a sparsely built city and the aim is to create a denser city where distances between place and people are short. Densification in combination with a good public transport service is a fundamental objective. New roads, bridges, cycling paths and expanded public transport will make it easier to get around in the city, both for private individuals and the business sector. By transforming public space and creating more space for pedestrians Gothenburg also aspires to create a more human city.
Projects to improve the green mobility of senior citizens
The senior card gives seniors in Gothenburg the possibility to use public transport for free during weekends and weekdays, except during rush hours. According to the seniors, this is essential for participating in society and enabling one’s independence. Since the introduction of the senior card, the car usage has been reduced by 24 – 35 % among people over 65.
Also, there is the offer of age-friendly public transport via Flexlinjen. Flexlinjen provides the service of minibuses that operate on 29 different lines and cover all districts in Gothenburg. This service also functions as a meeting point for seniors. The bus drivers are educated in giving good service and meeting the needs for the main target group.
The city is also committed to the participation of senior citizens in shaping mobility in the city. Eleven seniors have participated in creating the Action plan for Age-friendly Gothenburg, co-designing with public officials interventions that need to be implemented in order to become more age-friendly regarding mobility and transport.
To participate in public life and public transport, good seating options are vital for seniors to prolong their outdoor visit. Recently, the city had a Seating Campaign that consisted of replacing, renovating and allocating new accessible seating in green areas, public spaces and streets.
Urban transport administration
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