Many big cities around the world find they are all in the same problem, too much traffic and pollution. With large numbers of people driving to and from work every day, the roads can easily get full of cars, and all those exhaust fumes start to pollute the air. Oslo is taking measures to stop this from being a nuisance anymore. Their plan is that by the year 2019, they will ban all cars from the city center to try and alleviate some of the pollution problem.
This is great news for the environment and people who are looking out for global warming. By eliminating the amount of cars on the streets or in the cities, you end up having less toxic emissions reaching the O-Zone layer, which, is ultimately what we need to make sure stops happening. Also, having fewer cars means less traffic, which can also lead to safer roads and less accidents.
To ease the trouble that will be found from the banning of cars on the roads, the government of Oslo is looking to instead build 35 more miles of bike lanes to help compensate those workers who need to get to and from work every day. They are also looking to invest a little bit more in some public transport, which other big cities around the world, do indeed have. This is good news for people who may not want to bike long distances to work.
Oslo is not the first large city to employ an eventual car ban. Just last year, Madrid rolled out plans to do the same thing for their city by 2020. And just this year, Paris banned cars from all areas around their major landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. While no large cities in the United States have made such a move, the hope is still out there.
Having a car free zone in Oslo will create safer passages for pedestrians and those on bikes. This is great news for those who already rely on their bikes or feet to get where they need to go. Plus, more people could suffer less from lung problems such as asthma that can be brought about by poor air quality. While Oslo still has four years to solidify their plans and start building their bike lanes, the world is watching other large cities to see if they too will start doing the same thing.