After the Swedish Government announced that it plans to spend 546 million on renewable energy, in aims to become worlds first fossil fuel-free nation. Norway has just announced that it will be permanently banning all cars from its city centre by 2019.
The announcement comes just weeks after Paris banned all motor vehicle traffic for one day, to give its citizens a rest from noise pollution. While Paris, intends to dedicate one day per year to the ban, Norway is determined to take it a step further.
“We want to have a car-free centre,” Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, lead negotiator for the Green Party in Oslo, told reporters yesterday. “We want to make it better for pedestrians, cyclists. It will be better for shops and everyone.”
Currently, 350,000 of the 600,000 residents in Oslo own cars and 90,000 work in the CBD. Reuters reports that Buses and trams will continue to serve the city center, and arrangements will be found for cars carrying disabled people and vehicles transporting goods to stores, the three parties said in a joint declaration.
“Oslo’s municipal authorities hope to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in five years to 50 percent of what they were back in 1990,” Amy X. Wang writes for Quartz. “By 2019, it also aims to cut automobile traffic across the entire city – not just the city centre – to 20 percent.”
The City of Oslo will hold consultations in hopes to study the experiences of other cities and will be conducting trial runs prior to its implementation in 2019.