There´s enough driving now. Petrol and diesel cars pollute. Electric cars are far better, but take up just as much space in the car jam and take up parking space in cities. People want something more enjoyable on those square meters! At the same time, municipalities wants more inhabitants and the city center needs shoppers. Municipal councils want more people walking, cycling, using public transport and carpooling. And fewer cars.
Infrastructure to facilitate more walking, cycling and the use of public transport are costly. In Norway, the prerequisite for funds from the state as part-financing of an urban growth package, depends on wether the municipality has a clear and targeted ambition to reduce growth in car traffic.