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Norway Will Spend Almost $1 Billion on New Bike Highways

Not bad for a country of 5 million people.
A bicycle overlooking the city of Bergen, Norway.
A bicycle overlooking the city of Bergen, Norway.Flickr/Bent Sigmund Olsen

Norway has just announced a new tool in its fight against transit emissions: a new network of bike highways.

As part of a plan announced last week, the country will spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($923 million) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities, allowing longer-distance cyclists to travel with a speed and safety hitherto impossible. A key component of plans to slash Norway’s transit emissions by half, the bike highway scheme still faces some resistance. Not only is cycling in Norway relatively uncommon by Scandinavian standards, but the new highways will be constructed in a mountainous country that is cold and dark for much of the year.