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What Happens When a Downtown Becomes Nearly Car-Free?

"Parking spots are now bike lanes, transit is fast and easy, and the streets (and local businesses) are full of people."
January 28, 2019, 6am PST | Todd Litman
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Adele Peters writes about the results of Oslo's decision to remove all on-street parking in the city:

If you decide to drive in downtown Oslo, be forewarned: You won’t be able to park on the street. By the beginning of this year, the city finished removing more than 700 parking spots–replacing them with bike lanes, plants, tiny parks, and benches–as a major step toward a vision of a car-free city center.

Oslo first pedestrianized some streets in the city center in the 1970s, and invested heavily in public transportation in the 1980s. In 2015, when a progressive political coalition came to power in the city council, they started planning a more significant transformation. At first, they called for a full ban on cars because the majority of residents in the city center didn’t drive. But when business owners objected, worried that they’d lose customers and have problems with deliveries, the government changed focus to remove parking spots–a slightly more gradual approach.

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Published on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in Fast Company
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