Bicycle traffic in Oslo shows clear growth from last year.
– We have seen a very nice growth in bicycle traffic so far this year. The decline in March was due to Easter being early this year, says May Andrine Gran in the Bicycle Project in Oslo.
In January, the bicycle counters showed a percentage growth of 15.1 from last year. In February an increase of 53.1 percent. In the Easter month of March, traffic decreased by 6, 0 percent from last year, while the percentage growth was at 10.7 in April and 47.6 in May.
Not the whole picture
– The counters used will primarily show changes in bicycle traffic, and it does not show the whole picture. Only travel surveys will indicate the total number of bicycle trips in Oslo, but bike counters provide important information. The development is very positive, says Gran.
Environment Commissioner Lan Marie Nguyen Berg (MDG) is obviously satisfied, and she sees no challenges with the increased bicycle traffic – such as block tendencies in front of traffic lights or “bickering” in the narrow cycle lanes.
– I actually see no obvious challenges with increased bicycle traffic, rather the contrary. The more we cycle, the shorter the queues become. We get better air, better health, less stress on the public transport system – in short, a better city life. It is also safer to ride when several do so, she answers in an email to news agency NTB.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today