Oslo's commitment to sustainable mobility highlighted in new research (Norway)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 23 Sep 2014
Coordination of land management and transport planning policy areas responsible for the city's sustainable development.
The Norway-based Institute of Transport Economics has conducted an investigation into the development of sustainable mobility and urban planning in Oslo. They highlight that increasing population density in the city has contributed to more sustainable mobility than would have been the case with an increasing urban spread.

Protection of the city’s green belt has been accomplished by limiting the establishment of new car-dependent residential and commercial developments. New developments are now more likely to be approved in areas with good links to public transportation, as part of a coordinated land use and transport planning strategy that aims to reduce energy consumption and transport emissions.

This is an aspect that has contributed to making the Norwegian capital such a model of sustainable development for urban planners the world over. However, opinion among planners and policy-makers locally is that coordination of spatial development in the region could be improved further. The Institute of Transport Economics is also preparing comparative case studies on Copenhagen (Denmark) and Shenzen (China).

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