No More Cars
In a move to reduce pollution, the Norwegian capital of Oslo is implementing the first comprehensive and permanent ban of all cars within four years. The plan also proposes at least 60 kilometers of bicycle lanes built by 2019 along with a “massive boost” of investment in public transport. Executive director Paul Steely of Transportation Alternatives, an organization that advocates for car-free cities, says that “Oslo’s car ban is the largest of its kind.”
A Future On-foot
The ban was put forward by the newly elected city council, which is made up of the Labor Party, the Greens and the Socialist Left. Lan Marie Nguyen Berg of the Green Party in Oslo told reporters: “We want to have a car-free center. We want to make it better for pedestrians, cyclists. It will be better for shops and everyone.” The ban will affect around 350,000 car owners in Oslo, most of which live outside the city center.