Co-creation for road safety initiatives in the local community – sixteen success factors

Magnus Andersson and Evert Vedung. Uppsala, Sweden: Cajoma Consulting, 2018.

The report “Co-creation for road safety initiatives in the local community – sixteen success factors”, has been conducted by Magnus Andersson, road safety consultant at Cajoma Consulting, Sweden in collaboration with Emer. Prof. Evert Vedung, Uppsala University. Based on interviews and a literature study, the report has been financed with funds from Skyltfonden at the Swedish Transport Administration. Statements and conclusions in the report are solely the authors’ own and do not necessarily correspond with the Swedish Transport Administration’s positions in the subject area of the report.
The study contains two literature reviews and four Swedish case studies: Barnarp’s development group in the city of Jönköping, safe school roads to schools in Stockholm, safe cycling and the work with WHO Safe Communities in several Swedish municipalities.
According to Vision Zero, the government has enthrusted the system designers and the road users with shared responsibility for road safety. However, the role of the road users – and in a wider sense civil society and local communities – has thus far not been sufficiently defined. The aim of this study is to show how a bottom-up perspective might contribute to Swedish road safety strategy. The study focuses on what local stakeholders can do to promote local road safety initiatives and how collaboration processes among these stakeholders could be promoted.
There are several reasons for increasing the public’s active involvement and participation in local road safety issues. A “watch dog” is needed for road safety in local communities. Co-operation between local stakeholders can facilitate effective implementation of local government measures. Increased involvement in local affairs will strengthen civil society and local democracy. When people enter “dialogical communities” new prospects are created for change in the local neighbourhoods. Community road safety initiatives may generate positive spillover effects to other policy areas, such as sustainability, environment, health, employment and social integration.

Sixteen success factors

In the case studies and the two literature reviews, several examples of successful local co-operation between local stakeholders were noted. Sixteen success factors have contributed to this success. These success factors can be considered as recommendations for action.


Read the report here (In Swedish, with summary in English):
Aktörssamverkan för trafiksäkerhetsinitiativ i lokalsamhället – Andersson och Vedung 2018


Other publications by Cajoma Consulting:

Increased bicycle helmet use in Sweden.  Cyclists driving forces and the state’s policy instruments. Magnus Andersson and Evert Vedung, 2014. Summary in English.

Kaliningrad Conference 2005. Andersson M: Road Safety Challenges for the Baltic Sea Region, pp 67-72. In Rydén, L. (ed): Realizing a Common Vision for a Baltic Sea Eco-region