More sustainable urban transport with reduction in car use is one of the main objectives in Norway's National Transport Plan for 2006-2015. Demand forecasts predict that the increase in transport in the future will primarily manifest itself as growth in car use if we do not control the use of cars and improve alternative transportation modes. Therefore the National Transport Plan emphasises the importance of introducing restrictions on car use in urban areas and improving the conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transport.
The objective of this programme is to increase the knowledge and expertise on sustainable urban transport within the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and in society as a whole. The intention is to do this by adapting and developing knowledge that can contribute to:
- achieving a more sustainable, effective and available transport system for both industry and commerce, and the populations of urban areas
- increasing walking, cycling and the use of public transport in urban areas, especially on work and leisure trips
- reducing the growth of car use in urban areas
- implementing comprehensive solutions and obtaining synergy effects by relating different measurements together.
The programme is managed by the Road Development Department and is carried out in co-operation with other departments and regions within the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. Other road authorities, municipalities, consultant companies, research institutes, and education institutes are involved in the work. The objective of the programme is based on The National Transport Plan.