In 2018, ten families in Umeå were challenged to live without a car for three months. The conclusion was that it was easier than expected. The study was intended for people who have been thinking of reducing their car usage, but who needed a final push to implement the change. The participants were offered a variety of means of transport. The families were interviewed by a researcher. After the test period, three families chose to live without a car, but all participants retained new habits

Implemented in

  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Sweden

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Sector of activity

Type of initiative
Education & Awareness Raising, Policy Frameworks & Tools, Other

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

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Anna Gemzell

Project Manager

Umeå kommun

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The objective was to try out and evaluate new methods to encourage sustainable transport.
Umeå municipality has a long tradition of facilitating sustainable travel, both in terms of investments in cycling infrastructure and public transport


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

No activities have yet been reported under this initiative

Impact and Results

After the test period, three families chose to continue living without a car, three families considered switching to more environmentally friendly cars and the remaining four families stuck to the car, but retained some new habits and behaviours, mainly related to everyday travel.