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Car-Free Cities

Watch: The Car-Free City Becomes Reality

The latest City Beautiful video shows off the fruits of car-free initiatives in European cities.

December 25, 2020 - City Beautiful

Copenhagen Bikes

Copenhagen Update: On-Street Auto Parking Replaced by Bike Parking

Copenhagen may have already met its bicycling goal of 50 percent of modal share for commuting, but it needs to improve the share for all trips. With less funding available, the city is pursuing low cost strategies, such as auto parking removal.

June 3, 2019 - Forbes

Amsterdam Wedding

Rather Than Banning Cars, Amsterdam Reduces On-Street Parking

Amsterdam will pursue the Oslo model of targeting parking spots, rather than driving bans, to make for a walk-and-bike friendly city. On-street parking spaces will gradually be replaced, starting July 1, with bike lanes, sidewalks, and trees.

April 11, 2019 - CityLab

Oslo Street

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 - Fast Company

Electric Cars

Electric Vehicle Incentives: A Tale of Two Countries

While Trump wants to end the EV credit program, in part to punish GM for closing unprofitable car manufacturing plants, Norway is scaling back the generous perks that have enabled EV sales to comprise almost half on new auto sales.

December 30, 2018 - CityLab

Oslo Street

In Oslo, Streets for People, Not Cars

New measures will greatly reduce vehicle traffic in the city center as Oslo moves to put pedestrians, cyclists, and air quality before cars.

December 25, 2018 - The New York Times

Copenhagen Street

These Streets Were Made for Walking

Many streets and cities are designed for vehicles instead of for pedestrians. But policies and programs in cities around the world, and even in the United States, might be signaling a shift in priorities.

December 21, 2018 - The New York Times

Bike Traffic

Keeping An Open Mind: How Some Cities Are Reducing Emissions While Supporting Economic Vitality

As cities swell and car use soars, U.S. cities should take note of some bold, even radical, emissions-reducing policies being deployed around Europe.

October 7, 2018 - Robert Fischer

Parking Sign Blue

A Car Ban By Other Means

After failing to implement a car ban, Oslo officials are converting downtown street parking into public space.

July 2, 2018 - Fast Company

Norway

Oslo's Car-Free Dreams Easier Said Than Done

Touted as a leader among the European cities moving toward car-free streets, Oslo's ambitions of removing all cars from the city center has hit some roadblocks.

June 17, 2017 - The Guardian

Oslo Creates Ambitious 'Climate Budget'

Oslo sets ambitious goal for carbon emissions with a "Climate Budget." The budget is a sign of climate policies to come as the Paris climate agreement begins to take effect around the world.

October 17, 2016 - Next City

Kids

The App That Puts Street Design Powers Into the Hands of Children

For the first time ever, Norway is crowdsourcing public safety information from kids—made possible through the powers of smart phones and gamification.

September 12, 2016 - The Guardian

Car-Free Movement Gaining Steam in Europe and Elsewhere

Athlyn Cathcart-Keays of The Guardian-Cities chronicles the advancement of the international urban car-free movement as well as auto regulations that focus on air pollution. The most recent city to join the growing list is Oslo, Norway

December 12, 2015 - The Guardian Cities

La Rambla

Pro-Walking, or Anti-Car?

The line between being pro-pedestrian versus being anti-car can be hard to distinguish, at times. A new experiment to ban cars from the inner city of Oslo, Norway, however, could reveal more about the distinction.

December 6, 2015 - Erling Fossen

Oslo Plans for an Intercultural Future

Oslo's once-homogenous population has changed dramatically in the past few decades: immigrants and their descendants are predicted to account for 50% of all residents by 2030. Sarah Wesseler looks at the spatial implications of this transition.

June 18, 2012 - Satellite Magazine

The Greenest Cities on the Planet

In a piece for GE's Ecomagination, Michael d'Estries takes a look at five cities that set the bar for cutting carbon, recycling waste, and making space for Mother Nature.

March 21, 2012 - Ecomagination

Let There Be Lights in Oslo

Taking full advantage of residential density in Norway's capital, director André Chocron turns Cold Mailman's hit single "Time is the Essence" into a fantastic audiovisual experience.

September 10, 2011 - ArchDaily

You Still Have to Fight in Planners’ Paradise—You Just Fight for Better Stuff

Scandinavian countries are often praised for the forward-looking planning practices associated with social democracy. Urban planning there includes lots of enviable features, but a tour of a high-profile project outside Oslo, Norway was a reminder that even an urbanist’s paradise includes political fights, squabbles among interests, and embarrassing delays familiar anywhere else. Progressive politics encourage progressive plans, but the process and pitfalls remain the same.

May 24, 2010 - Greg Smithsimon

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