So how did they do it? Instead of cars, city officials targeted parking spaces. It’s brilliant and diabolical. You can’t drive if you have nowhere to park.
If you want to park in Oslo, and you have a big car by European standards (taller than 2 meters, or 6 feet), good luck to you. This July the city finished scrapping 700 parking spaces on streets in the center. That means every parking spot you see is likely disabled parking, or parking reserved for embassies (I’m not even joking there are so many embassies).
Some of these former parking spaces have been converted to parklets, or bike lanes, or even art installations. Like this old parking lot near the Akerhus Fortress that’s now a makeshift dance floor.