‘Mental Floss’ reported that the Government of Norway has announced that it is going to spend 8 billion Norwegian kroner (or almost 923 million American dollars) for creating lanes, namely as their contribution to the climate changes.
The net of ten two-way lanes throughout the whole country will provide the cyclist with safer and quicker travel from one city to another. The Government hopes that it will stimulate people to use their cars less often.
The new lanes are a part of the country’s efforts to reduce half of the emission of transport gases, and until 2050, to completely clear out the carbon monoxide. As a part of the plan, it is also supposed to completely prevent the increase of the usage of cars until 2030, and to double the car taxes, in order to be able to realize it.
The Norwegian cyclist will be able to use the new lanes from the inner areas of the city towards the suburbs with a speed of up to 40 km / per hour, which is supposed to reduce the pressure in the public transport as well as the overcrowded roads. Until 2030, the government hopes that 10 % – 20 % of the population will travel by bike.
However, they are not totally convinced that the plan will be successful, taking into consideration the snowy winters, which may hamper the travelling by bikes outside the cities. The opponents of this idea advocate for investing more money in the public transport.
Cycling in Norway is not as popular as in the other Scandinavian countries, but the Government hopes that it will be improved with the new lanes.
The Norwegian Government will also present the new directions of the bases, the trucks, the ships as well as the ferry boats, in order to reduce the emission of the harmful gases, whereas the railways and the roads are completely done up.
Until now, the bikes are more commonly used in the neighboring countries, such as Danish and Sweden. The authorities in Copenhagen, the capital city of Danish, have installed smart traffic lights, which favor bikes and buses rather than cars.
As in Norway, the main aim is to provide uninterrupted and quick traveling of the passengers who regularly go into the center of the city (and back, at the end of the working day), and at the same time to use more ecological means of transport.