Sweden’s oldest sportive is lobbying to have closed roads. Vätternrundan’s work for a car-free event was partially approved for the eastern side of the 300 kilometre loop around Lake Vattern.
As early as the 2013 event entrants could see road closures after a representative for the Swedish Transport Administration announced that the authority was positive to the closure of some of the roads around Lake Vättern.
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The team behind the Vätternrundan event has long worked for an event completely free from cars. Members of parliament, regulatory bodies and voluntary organisations have come together to discuss how the objective of 300 car-free kilometres might be achieved.
Vätternrundan’s vision is to have 300 car-free kilometres and to implement this step by step is consistent with the safety mission of the events organisers.
“This work has to start somewhere and we are willing to discuss a car-free stretch on the eastern side of the lake in 2013,” said Catrine Carlsson, the department head at the Swedish Transport Administration during the seminar.
Vätternrundan’s managing director, Eva-Lena Frick stated that “improving safety is very close to our hearts. We want our cyclists to be as safe as possible on their journey around Lake Vättern. This is the first piece in a big jigsaw that we have now started putting together. I hope that one day, we will be able to offer 300 car-free kilometres”.
Entries sold out in less than three hours for the 2013 event. Overseas entrants are encouraged to contact the organisers direct to see if there have been any cancellations.