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When a progressive political alliance took power over Oslo’s city council in October 2015, they had made one of their first priorities a greener environment. 39% of the city’s CO2 emissions comes from private cars, so the council decided to ban cars from the city centre (despite having a large amount of electric cars). Businesses weren’t happy though, and the council pulled back, but now the plan is to ban parking, thus reducing cars that way (not sure how this would go down in the UK where drivers seem to park where they like, I’ve even seen it on cycle lanes!)...

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electric bike, Europe, Poland, transport -

Poland is experiencing something of an electric bike surge that can be mirrored in most European countries. The Polish market for bicycles and e-bikes expanded by approximately 10% this year. The number of cycling commuters has been showing a significant growth in the past few years. The Polish Cycle Association (PSR, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Rowerowe) say the main reason for this development in cycle usage is time-saving, with capital Warsaw having a staggering number of cars (twice as many registered cars per 1,000 inhabitants than in Berlin. As well as growing sales, Poland is also the fifth biggest exporter of bicycles...

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Amsterdam, cycling, Europe, infrastructure, London, mini-Holland -

I remember visiting Amsterdam back in the 90’s, and I was struck even then by how many bicycles there were and how they seemed to have their own lanes (what a great idea!). Now Amsterdam is a ‘world bicycle capital’, and new book ‘Cycling Cities: The European Experience’ (by Professor Ruth Oldenziel of Eindhoven University) explains how it happened, almost coincidentally. It seems that cycling policy was never a long-term, fixed idea, but more something that evolved over the years. Amsterdam isn’t completely representative of The Netherlands as Rotterdam has relatively low cycling numbers. Today, the centre of Amsterdam sees...

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