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December 26, 2019
Image: New bicycle parking racks in downtown Oslo. Photo: Alexey Topolyanskiy
It's not hard to name famous bike cities in Europe: Copenhagen and Amsterdam usually top the list with solid backup contenders in Malmö (Sweden), Bordeaux (France), and Antwerp (Belgium). Besides the historical popularity of cycling, the continent's famed reputation for leading the world in eco-friendly living has led many countries to develop their own cycling initiatives that actively reduce dependence on cars, in turn reducing carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. But one name remained curiously missing from these ranks for some time: Oslo. This is especially ironic since Oslo is considered one of the pioneers of green living, actually earning the title of European Green Capital Award in 2019 for their efforts and achievements in sustainable, eco-friendly living. So what gives?
Taking their city's bicycle fate into their own hands, Oslo's citizens created the independent Oslo Standard for Bicycle Planning. This progressive vision puts Oslo above the nation's basic infrastructure rules when it comes to city transportation planning, utilizing both Danish and Dutch best practices to implement their dedication towards the future of cycling.
Their efforts were rewarded, and Oslo has made some serious headway over the last few years, joining the ranks of top cycling-friendly cities in Europe, breaking through the 2017 top 20 list from Lonely Planet and the top 20 list in the world from Wired. While it still has a ways to go to compete with its European bike-crazy neighbors, Oslo has its feet planted firmly in the ground through new urban initiatives like making Oslo's city center totally car-free in 2019, adding 37 miles of new bike lanes and offering up to €1,000 in subsidies for cargo bike purchases.
"Arguably closer to nature than any other capital city, Oslo offers easy access to stunningly beautiful rides. There’s a variety of terrain to explore, too, from scenic lakefront routes to arduous (but rewarding!) climbs"
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