This Country Is Banning Cars And Building $1 Billion Bike Highways!
This country is banning cars in its capital city and building $1 billion bike highways! And what better region to do that than in Scandinavia, Norway! The Norwegian government plans on banning cars in Oslo, the country’s capital, and it has already started its $1 billion dollar bike highways project.
The Scandinavian country plans on getting rid of as many cars as possible by 2030, in its eco-friendly policies. The city center of Oslo will be completely car-free in 2019, and with a $1 billion dollar investment in infrastructure, Norway will have bike highways all around the country.
The two-lane bike highways will link suburbs to at least nine Norwegian cities, on the shortest and easiest ways to pedal possible. Cyclists will be able to travel even 25 miles/hour on their daily commute.
“[Bike highways] will be attractive for more people living in the suburbs, who we plan will be getting on their bikes instead of using cars on daily travels,” according to Marit Espeland, the national cycling coordinator for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
“Many Norwegians use their bike for sport and leisure activities rather than to commute to work and school,” continued Espeland. “By constructing more and better bike paths, we will contribute to make more people feel safe and make it easier to choose their bike instead of their car.”
Norway plans on getting as close as possible to zero emissions from transportation on a national level and by 2030, the country wants to cut all the carbon emissions by 40%. By 2050, Norway has set a goal to become carbon neutral. In five years, Norway’s public transportation system will be completely fossil fuel-free.
Electric buses are already pretty much present in Oslo and other major cities and in 2015, the country even launched its first electric ferry. Great job, Norway! You’re doing it right! As if this wasn’t enough good news for the day, by 2022, all of the country’s taxis will be zero emission cars.
Even so, switching from conventional fossil fuel cars to electric cars is not where the Norwegian government plans to stop. “Too many are driving their cars,” explains Espeland. “The cities become more and more congested … An electric car fills up just as much space as other cars. It is not possible to solve these challenges without getting more people traveling by more space efficient and environmentally friendly transport.”
Norway believes that bikes are the way of the future. They’re a green and healthy choice for both the land and for its people. “We have been working on this for a long time, and I believe that more people will choose their bike on daily travels more often in the near future,” Espeland stated.
Pack your bags, people, you’re definitely moving to Norway!
PS: Don’t forget to check out what the Germans are doing. Germany Just Opened Part of a 100 km Bicycle Superhighway!