At this year’s IFLA in Oslo, I had the opportunity to facilitate a breakout session on green mobility together with my colleague Ingrid. The session focused on how to solve the issue of infrastructure and heavy transport in our growing cities. Speakers from influential and relevant organisations such as The Norwegian Railway Directorate, Bane NOR, Bergen Light Rail Project, InSitu and The Norwegian Public Roads Administration, gave their view on the matter.
The zero-growth objective
In Norway, we're focusing on the "zero-growth objective." This means that the growing number of passengers in traffic should be absorbed by public transport, cycling, and walking. The National Transport Plan outlines how the Norwegian government will prioritize resources within the sector and is an essential tool for navigation and decision making.
The speakers addressed the challenges from different perspectives sharing their stories from projects and research. From the Intercity Project, which seamlessly connects 2 million people in the Oslo area, we learned that the location of the railway stations is a huge challenge, that also played a part in this year’s election.
It’s about more than infrastructure
Planning mobility infrastructure is one instrument for creating change in a city. However, we also need to change behaviors and learn to give up certain things to achieve change and reach the global sustainability goals. One example is giving up owning and driving our own cars.
Growing cities mean big challenges
Our society is facing several challenges in terms of environment, infrastructure, mobility, climate change, and urban development. A growing population and urbanization put higher demands on transport systems. At the same time, we urgently need to reduce carbon emissions and take care of our natural resources for generations to come.
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