Oslo unlikely to reach its 2023 target for bike paths 

Photo: Berit Roald / NTB

Oslo City Council was supposed to build 100 kilometers of bike paths in four years but ended up with less. Now, they are setting aside NOK 2 billion for the next four years.

“We have not given up yet, but it may be difficult to reach,” Environment and Transport Councilor Sirin Stav (MDG) told the newspaper Aftenposten.

She believes that the goal was ambitious – one hundred kilometers of new or upgraded bike paths in the 2019–2023 period. 

Among other things, they blame the pandemic for blocking progress. In total, Stav believes that they will end up with 80 kilometers of bike paths in this City Council term.

“It is still a huge improvement, and much more than in previous years. We hope to get the opportunity to make up for it in the next period,” she said.

Today, there are around 260 kilometers of bike paths in Oslo. The aim is for Oslo to have a continuous bike path network of 530 kilometers in the future. 

The first phase of the development will be completed in 2025. Until then, Oslo will spend more money on bike paths than ever before.

“Over the next four years, over NOK 2 billion has been set aside for cycling infrastructure,” Stav told the newspaper.

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