Oslo Started Removing Parking Spaces For A Car-Free City

After reports suggesting that Norway plans to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, it looks like the Scandinavian country is already taking measures to remove car parks from Oslo.

According to The Nordic Page, the Oslo Municipality will go on with its plan to make the country’s capital a car-free city before 2019 by removing parking spaces, thus discouraging car owners to venture in the city’s center.

Since 2015, local politicians have campaigned to ban all private vehicles from central Oslo by 2019 (the area marked by the red circle) to create a more livable city environment.

To make it easier for people to move around the city, the council pledged to build at least 60 kilometers (37 miles) of bicycle lanes by 2019 and provide a “massive boost” of investment in public transport.

Until then, however, the parking lots in the center will be gradually removed and be replaced by food courts, restaurants and street theaters. The city council asked the Environment Directorate to implement the plan beginning with 2017.

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