Norway is aiming to drastically reduce car usage, and they've come up with a plan for how to do it, reports Fast Company staff writer Adele Peters. With a goal to eliminate growth in private car use by 2030 and make downtown Oslo car-free in three years, the country has unveiled a plan for a $1 billion network of two-lane bike highways, which will link suburbs to nine Norwegian cities.
Riders will be able to travel up to 25 miles per hour on the highways, as the network will be built on the flattest and shortest paths possible and will have few intersections.
The country wants to get as close to zero emissions as possible, and most of their emissions come from cars and public transportation. Norway plans to cut carbon emissions by 40% in the next 15 years and be totally carbon neutral by 2050.
"[Bike highways] will be attractive for more people living in the suburbs, who we plan will be getting on their bikes instead of using cars on daily travels," says Marit Espeland, national cycling coordinator for the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
Ultimately, Norway believes that bikes—along with better public transport and disincentives to drive—will help the country reach its goal of cutting transit emissions in half. "We have been working on this for a long time, and I believe that more people will choose their bike on daily travels more often in the near future," she says.