City of Oslo 2013

Country: Norway, Activity: Study-Advise

04-12-2013 On November 27th the award ceremony was held in the Oslo City Hall. In total 78 ideas were posted in this competition. During the ceremony Mayor Ton Rombouts of the Dutch city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch presented the city's approach by which 's-Hertogenbosch has won the title "Dutch Cycling City". Before the ceremony meetings were held with de Dutch Embassy in Oslo, the Norwegian cyclist union and representatives from FutureBuilt and the vice-mayor of the city of Oslo. The bicycle is having a renaissance in European cities, but Norway is lagging behind. In Oslo only 7 - 8 per cent cycle to work. A new cycling culture must be created in the broadest sense. How can they plan the Oslo region to ensure that the bike becomes the preferred means of transport, by itself or in combination with the train or other public transport? How can Oslo make at least 50 per cent of the population cycle to work? How can the bicycle contribute to develop thriving cities and a sustainable region? The international competition ‘Get a Bike, Break Free’ invited a broad range of participants: architects, landscape architects, transport planners, social scientists, concept developers, design and communication agencies, suppliers and non-governmental organizations. FutureBuilt and the Norwegian Cyclist Association have initiated the competition. In a next phase some ideas from the competition will be realized. More information about the ideas and the ceremony can be found on: http://www.futurebuilt.no/og-vinneren-er (in Norwegian)

Summary

Engineering consultancy Witteveen+Bos, OKRA Landscape Architects and the Norwegian firm Grindaker Landscape Architects have drawn up a proposal entitled ‘Oslo – Cycling City For All’, with the aim of making the Norwegian capital more attractive to cyclists. The proposal was submitted as part of an ideas competition organized by FutureBuilt and the Norwegian Cyclists’ Association. The winners were announced on Wednesday 27 November 2013. According to the jury, the plan was a valuable contribution to the debate on creating better facilities for cyclists in Oslo.

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