Politicians are clear about that to restrict vehicular traffic in cities is necessary, but it seems to be little real national policy or local political will in Norway to realize the vision. The requirement to transmit traffic in the city for alternative transportation modes such as transit, bicycle traffic and pedestrian traffic requires a great challenge and a political, administrative and professional effort, and has brought a number of reasons:

• to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from a growing fleet of vehicles
• to limit the number of cars in the city because they take up too much space
• to convert the areas intended for vehicular traffic for other purposes
• to establish a more social adapted transport services
• to reduce traffic accidents by car

(video produced by Dokofilm AS for NPRA agency project “Sustainable urban transport,” led by Guro Berge.)

In Norway, marked the liberation of the car in 1960, a paradigm shift in the Norwegian town planning by the cities were primarily intended to facilitate car accessibility. International trends shows that we are now entering a new paradigm shift in how we plan area – and transport development in cities, reaching out from the opposite goal, where cars are downgraded. Many cities in the world has for decades worked on such a new area – and transport planning strategies, many based on giving priority to urban life quality, ie that the city first and foremost should be a good place to be for people who live there.

In San Francisco this strategy is realized with great and admirable professional and local political enthusiasm. A deliberate process for 50 years has reduced the traffic without the whip and charge and have shown that interaction between modes of transport can take place without the car takes stranglehold on the city. This process culminated in 2008 in the report “Better Streets Plan”.

.Photo of street cleaning
(source: http://www.sfcta.org/content/view/279/99/. Klikk på bildet for link)

how can we succeed?

For the political vision and technical calls to reduce car traffic in cities is to be realized, foreign experience suggests that:

• it must be planned long-term
• several measures must be viewed in the context
• measures must be established on the basis of a single common vision that is rooted political, administrative and professional
• success requires cooperation across administrative boundaries
• myths about such traffic in the city, city use and the consequences of restrictive measures must challenge
• expertise in land use and transportation planning and road planning must be strengthened

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Einar Lillebye PhD, chartered architect MNAL (administrator)
principal architect at Norwegian Puplic Roads Administration and professor in Street Planning at University of Life Science (UMB) outside Oslo. Master in Urbanism and PhD in Street Planning at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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