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30,000 Toy Cars Illustrate Impact of Public Transport Initiative

This Swedish ad by Forsman & Bodenfors shows how many cars could get off the roads if people chose the bus instead

30,000 Toy Cars Illustrate Impact of Public Transport Initiative

When Västtrafik, a Swedish public transport company, handed out 30,000 free trials, they chose an unusual approach. This mesmerising toy car installation was built to show the insanity of bad traffic – and the impact of people taking the bus instead.

The campaign – created by Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors – aims to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Research shows that a minor reduction in traffic have a big impact on gridlocks. So Västtrafik’s latest campaign is offering free-trial passes to 30,000 motorists, representing 15 percent of daily car commuters in the region.

"It matters if people park their cars – to solve traffic jams and to save the planet. But large numbers are difficult to grasp, so this installation was made to visualize the impact of our free trial initiative", said Lars Backström, CEO of Västtrafik.


If all 30,000 car drivers would instead travel by bus during the two week trial period,it would reduce local traffic by the equivalent of 60 football fields covered in cars, while also saving around 2,500 tons of CO2.

The 14.5 m long and 4.3 m wide installation took five people over 24 hours to finalise. 

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Client

Advertiser: Västtrafik Public Transport

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Forsman & Bodenfors

Creatives: Pontus Caresten, Lars Jansson

Account Director: Greger Andersson

Production Manager: Helen Johansson

Designer: Christoffer Persson

PR: Robert Johnsson

Agency Producer: Åsa Hammar

Production Company

Production Company: Camp David

Director: Oskar Wrangö

Editor: Fredrik Åkerström

Grade: Edward Negussie

Sound: Fredrik Åkerström & Joakim Kristensen

Online: Wille Rising

Music: EMI Music Publishing

Category: Public Transport , Travel