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Old Posted Oct 20, 2015, 5:03 PM
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Oslo city centre will be car-free within four years

Is this what downtown Van is dreaming about?
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Oslo's new city council - 59 elected representatives that will manage the city for the next four years - has announced that it will institute a permanent and comprehensive ban of cars in the city centre. This will make Oslo the first European capital where cars are permanently banned, plus it's a strong indicator that similar bans may be enacted in other major cities across the continent.

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While cars will be banned from the city centre, buses and trams will still be allowed, and "arrangements will be found" so that disabled people aren't exiled and vehicles can still make deliveries to stores. Oslo has a population of about 650,000, and about 350,000 cars.

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Still, as metropolitan population densities continue to increase, and air pollution stubbornly persists, other small cities may follow in Oslo's footsteps. Larger cities, though, will probably stick with more stringent emissions controls: London, for example, should roll out a new "ultra low emissions zone" in 2020 that will hit diesel and other high-emissions vehicles with an extra surcharge. Eventually, it wouldn't be surprising if megacities completely ban vehicle emissions, requiring all cars to be electric.
http://arstechnica.co.uk/cars/2015/1...in-four-years/
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