On the road to public transport

30 June 2008  •  Author(s): Guro Berge, Per Frøyland and Trine Hagen, Senior Advisors, Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA)

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has an overall responsibility for ensuring that the road and transport sector develops in line with national transport policy goals. This sector responsibility does not release other authorities from their responsibilities, but means that NPRA shall act as a prime mover and coordinator in ensuring compliance with the transport policy goals defined in the national transport plan.

One of the goals requires ‘an increased commitment to sustainable transport in urban areas by investing more in public transport and facilitating use of walkways and bicycles’. Our task is to help clarify these goals and show how they can and should be implemented in practice. This involves operationalising the national goals for development of urban transport systems. One way of addressing the task has been to develop a national cycle strategy. It also involves developing and maintaining manuals, standards and tools for the planning and design of concrete, sustainable transport solutions in urban areas.

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