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Our recommendation is clear: Close Ring 1!

Our recommendation is clear: Close Ring 1!

  • Bengt MS Carlson

    City Planner, General Manager, Nomad

  • Kaire Sundal

    Architect and Partner, Matt

The illustration shows Bijlstræd in Oslo as it looks today (left), versus the new settlement where city life is prioritized.

In this way, priority is given to emergency vehicles and cargo deliveries, while city life is allowed to flourish in the east and west.

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Security is a winning argument for all elections in the new government quarter. The safest thing we can do is to close Ring 1, save billions of kroner and build urban development at each end of the tunnel.

The debate about government quarters is suffocated by an exaggerated demand for the highest possible security. The defense argument was to demolish the Y Block. Conservation is the argument for shortening the Hammersborg tunnel by 10 meters at a cost of at least NOK 5 million per year. meter road. But now the state’s main argument – security – can help improve city life in the inner city and save money at the same time. Close Ring 1!

Call 1 as an urban developer

Some Claims Car traffic is like water. But where the water is organic, it is easy to maneuver the car using signs or barriers. Or stop it.

The demolition of Bispeloket in 2011 is considered a turning point for the car in the city. It accommodated Bjørvika and the barcode. After a mighty urban boom in the fjord, it’s time to look back and give the inner city some love.

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Pilestrade is a barrier today. Back in May, we at Matt Architects launched a plan for how the area would change if two of the four lanes were closed. It accommodates a pleasant local street, which plays along with all the positive projects developed in Tullinløkka.

We have emphasized the opportunities in the west, but north of Oslo S there will be potential for increased urban life. Areas that require attractive urban spaces will be developed there. 15,000 cars pass by every day and this is difficult to combine.

Use the money to improve city life. Then, the target of zero growth in passenger car traffic can be achieved.

The Norwegian Environment Agency’s opinion poll investigation for the region ends with City life should be prioritized. Traveling in public should be safe and attractive.

Our recommendation is perfect! In talks on next year’s state budget: Permanently close Ring 1 to through traffic. Use the money to improve city life. Then, the target of zero growth in passenger car traffic can be achieved.

A complicated calculation

Statespike has engaged Swago to look at the effects of a three-year closure of Ring 1. If Ring 1 is closed, there will be traffic jams 1.6 percent increase For the city as a whole.

Experience with the redevelopment of Karl Berners Place shows that it is going well. As the intersection became a square roundabout and Ring 2 went from four to two lanes, car traffic became reduced by 34 percent.

Like natural water, cars don’t spill out onto side streets. They stopped. The landscape architects behind the project write down: “Before, people jumped on Karl Berner, now we stroll.”

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As the name and structure of Ring 1 are linked, no one reflects that the road breaks with the urban fabric. The most central city street in the center of Oslo has a cross-section that is twice as wide as the sections of the E18 between Stadtell and Kragerø.

In order to reach the target of zero growth in passenger car traffic and improve the daily lives of pedestrians, cyclists and public transport passengers, Ring 1 should be closed to traffic. In this way, priority is given to emergency vehicles and cargo deliveries, while city life is allowed to flourish in the east and west.