Many have done it for years, but new figures show that more Oslo residents are now walking to work, to the store and other destinations than ever before. Fewer and fewer are using their cars within the city.
“They don’t have any organization and don’t make any noise, but walking is nonetheless the second-most-used mode of transportation in Oslo,” Heidi Sørensen, director of climate advocacy group Klimaeten, told newspaper Dagsavisen this week. She cited a new survey conducted by the City of Oslo that shows nearly 30 percent of those questioned usually walk to work.
That’s second only to those who take the bus, tram or metro, which usually involves walking as well. Only 20 percent drive to work, while 11 percent use bicycles.
Fully 77 percent of those questioned in the city’s annual survey said they’re likely to do more walking during the next two years. The city plans to make it more attractive, with plans for more car-free streets, promenades and user-friendly ramps over multi-lane boulevards.
Fans of walking noted that it’s a free mode of transport, healthy and creates no adverse climate effects. A brisk walk to work builds up energy, some note, while a walk home at the end of day can relieve stress. City officials added that it’s less expensive to provide better infrastructure for walkers than for cars or public transport systems. More residential units are also being built in or around downtown areas, making walking even more practical.