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Climate mitigation measures are not all freewheeling. Green transport options are increasing in Oslo and around Norway through more bike lanes! The aims are less fossil fuel consumption and healthier lifestyles. A country renowned for selling petroleum is using the riches to reduce its own consumption. This continuing push is setting up Norway for the post-oil era. Doing so now is a smart move.                

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Climate mitigation measures are not all freewheeling

Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2016 at 09:28 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

Green transport options are increasing in Oslo and around Norway through more bike lanes!

Cycling in Oslo
Cycling in Oslo
Photo: Ilan Kelman


The aims are less fossil fuel consumption and healthier lifestyles.

A country renowned for selling petroleum is using the riches to reduce its own consumption. This continuing push is setting up Norway for the post-oil era. Doing so now is a smart move.                

Any action brings cautions and requires social adjustments. Heating the bike lanes would waste energy, so care is needed in cold weather due to ice, even with studded tires, especially when the temperature drops after rain.

Increasing numbers of well-maintained showers would make office working bearable after cycling uphill or on particularly wet or hot days. What about three- or four-wheeled bikes for stability?

Electric bikes are being subsidised. Electricity for charging their batteries must be generated. Renewable sources must be part of the e-bike transition.

E-bikes can travel faster than regular bikes. Crash injuries are consequently much more severe, so cyclists might wish to be more careful. Drivers need to recognise that a cyclist might travel much swifter than the drivers are used to.

These points are neither problems nor downsides. With time and proactive initiatives, all are easily surmountable. By acting now, as Oslo and Norway are, the future looks promising.

Then, when oil cannot be relied on, the country will long have been ready.

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London.



Published on Friday, 2nd September, 2016 at 09:28 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: energy, climate, oslo, cycling, oil, gas, paywall.





  
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