|Authors:||Tore Leite, Aslak Fyhri|
|ISBN (digital version):||82-480-0663-8|
In 2004 an urban street in Oslo was rebuilt with broader sidewalks, narrower roadway and fewer parking slots. This analysis evaluates how the street is functioning after these changes with respect to goods delivery, parking and the residents' and visitors' perception of the street environment. Traffic calming in urban streets is done to improve the living environment and well-being of residents and visitors. In streets with merchants and service activities this calming may come in conflict with the needs for regular deliveries and car parking. These conflicts may be difficult to solve. For commercial enterprises, goods delivery and customer parking are viewed as a problem after the changes. The measures proposed by the informants are specific and limited in scope. Smaller changes may thus be sufficient to improve the conditions for merchants in the street. Visitors and residents have a positive perception of the environmental quality of the street, but for them the changes have been less noticeable. Relatively comprehensive changes are needed to improve the situation in the street as perceived by residents and visitors. The conclusions are based upon interviews with commercial enterprises and a street survey.