After the main political parties have reached an agreement to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2025, the municipality of Norway’s capital has launched a new campaign against cars. The aim is to ban all cars from the city centre by 2019.
Hybrid and electric vehicles will be banned, too.
According to the magazine The Nordic Page, the goal will be achieved by removing parking lots. These areas could be turned into restaurants, street theatres and recreational areas, the administration has said. Such conversion could lead to a 50 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions.
Around 1,000 people live in Oslo’s old town. However, the city centre receives at least 90,000 workers during the week.
To meet the needs of residents and commuters, the municipality wants to enhance cycling lanes by creating at least 60 kilometres of new paths and significantly increase the network of buses and trams. Electric bikes will play a crucial role in the radical change in mobility.
Oslo will be the first European capital to ban cars from the city centre.
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