Cycling strategy Oslo 2015-2025

In 2015 an extensive work to upgrade the city's cycle network was initiated. One of the goals is to make it more accessible, navigable and safe to travel.

Published: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 9:13 AM

Trafikkagent - redaksjonen

Cycling strategy Oslo 2015-2025

You might have noticed all the red fields popping up in Oslos road- and streetnetwork? According to the National Transport plan it is decided that the use of personal vehicles for transportation for the future should be reduced, in favor of more ecofriendly means of transportation. They encourage municipalities to better facilitate for pedestrians and cyclists by creating safer and more coherent network of paths for them to use. At the same time there is also greater focus on securing school routes, so that school children both can feel safe and encouraged to cycle, walk or make use of public transportation on their route to school.

Oslo is currently one of Europe's fastest growing cities. This presents challenges and it has already shown considerable pressure to Oslo’s street spaces and transport systems. This is why bikes have, as an area efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation, been given a lot attention when planning future transportation solutions.

Studies conducted in 2013 shows that only 8 percent of everyday travels in Oslo were made by bike. This relatively low figure can be seen in the context that only 9 percent of the residents experience cycling in Oslo as safe. Also 94 percent said they are in favor of a bike initiative and a lot of them confirmed that they might start cycling if the sense of security is increased and the path network was organized better.

These figures show not only that Oslo has a big challenge ahead of us, but that there is great potential for reaching the goal that 16 percent of the daily journeys in the future will be made by bicycles instead of cars. The survey also shows that to succeed it first and foremost needs to be developed initiatives that contribute in to making Oslo safe and perceived as safe to cycle. By this we mean that the bike ride will be characterized by predictability and that the cyclist has a distinct place in traffic. The cycling strategy has a vision that Oslo will be a bicycle town for everyone, regardless of skills or age.

In 2015 an extensive work to upgrade the city's cycle network was initiated. One of the goals is to make it more accessible, navigable and safe to travel. Even though it won’t be possible to convert all streets and roads into cycle paths, it is desirable that various minor and major initiatives contribute into developing a more coherent network of cycle paths. The aim is to make it in close proximity to places where many people live, work and travel. This way it will become more accessible and better maneuverability in more places than it is today.

How can Traffic Agents assist?

The Agency of City Environment has been entrusted by the City Government to identify the need for road safety measures on Oslo’s school routes. We need the school children to show us which routes they travel and to report to us how they perceive their particular route to school.  We cannot promise that all reported conditions are changed or improved, but the reports will show where the children perceive their route as safe and where they think changes are needed. They will help broaden our knowledge base to assess problem areas for road safety, and to assess which areas that needs to be prioritized. This gives us grounds to initiate appropriate measures. The aim is to create safe routes, this to encourage school children to cycle, walk or make use of public transportation to school. By 2025 we are aiming for a 90 percent share of school children making use of one of those three means of transportation.