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Norway's Capital City Pushes To Phase Out Personal Vehicles

By Brian Spaen

Oslo, the capital city of Norway, has been making a rapid push to lower its carbon footprint since late 2015. With expectations of a boom in population, they quickly moved to renewable energy and slashing carbon emissions. They also made an effort to ban cars in the central part of the city, which is where all the shops and businesses were located. Faced with heavy backlash, the city council decided to go a different direction.

According to The Guardian, over 60 percent of the Oslo’s carbon emissions was coming from vehicles. The capital city was able to install a district heating system and was the first of its kind to divest from the coal industry, but if it wanted to really put a dent in their carbon footprint, it had to fix the issue with transportation.

Intentions from the city council were good when a decision was made to ban private cars -- even electric and hybrid versions -- from the busy areas. They would only put the ban in the innermost part of the city where nearly 90 percent of the population didn’t own a personal car, anyway. Most people got along with public transportation, bicycles, or simply on foot. By the time the ban would be enforced in 2019, the city would have around 60 kilometers, or slightly over 37 miles, worth of bike lanes available for use.