Trondheim hands out money to pedestrians and cyclists (Norway)

By Sarah Martens / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The Norwegian municipality of Trondheim celebrated European Mobility Week by giving away money to pedestrians and cyclists. This symbolic act precedes large-scale investments in improving cycling and walking conditions in the city.
Trondheim is a municipality with almost 180,000 inhabitants located on the west coast of Norway. This year, it decided to celebrate European Mobility Week a bit differently. The municipality gave away a sum of 20 Norwegian krone (€2.70) to people going to school and work by bike or on foot. The action took place in two parks of the municipality.

Many people were really happy and surprised about this sudden gift, says Ivar Arne Devik, a member of a cycling group in central Trondheim. This was a nice way to celebrate the mobility week. During the day Trondheim gave away a total of 20,000 krone (€2,700) and the money was literally walking and biking away. Not everybody had the time to stop, but most of the people did and they really appreciated the initiative.

With contributions from the state and the Sor-Trondelag county, Trondheim is going to improve cycling and walking conditions. 1.3 billion krone from the Environmental Package should be used for cycling measures. In addition to this sum, the municipality will also use 500 million krone to make school roads safer, and 150 million to improve walkways and shortcuts for pedestrians.

Statistics show that 40,000 people in Trondheim are living within a 30 minute walk from the central square. Significant environmental gains can be made if all of these people walked or cycled to the city centre.

Source: UT.no (in Norwegian)
Photo credits: Norwegian contact point for the European Mobility week
Country: 
Norway
Topic: 
Mobility management