Break is over…

I’m sorry about the incredibly long break. I’ll try to get the blog going again, step by step, and I’ll probably continue to write in both Norwegian and English, depending on the story…

I can start by telling you that I’m jumping on the bicycle sharing-trend that’s been spreading around the world the last couple of years, and which is growing fast as we speak. What city doesn’t want to be more livable and look sustainable these days? A “short-cut” to the top might seem to be by starting a bicycle sharing program. Many cities in Europe has one, including Oslo, and now cities even in the United States are getting their eyes on the new mode of transport.

Hopefully this isn’t just a passing trend, but one that will continue growing, and change the way we think of urban mobility.

Here’s an introduction about Velíb, the gigantic French system which made great success in no time. In Paris suddenly everyone bikes… dashingly helmetless.

Picture found here

Reclaim the streets!

An addition to the last post about owning the streets… I’d say 2009 was a kick-start for a world wide “street renaissance”. Much thanks to the newthinking New York City mayor. World cities are important trendsetters, and if motorized NYC can do it, so can we. The question is – at what phase? How soon will we reclaim the streets?

This video from Streetfilms.org shows how quickly NYC were overtaken by cars, and adresses the problems the city now faces…


And as noted before, what Oslo needs is most likely an election…