|Anders Tønnesen, Marianne Knapskog
|ISBN (digital version):
The project Rural Package Bø generates knowledge on the development of environmentally-friendly and attractive rural districts, and in addition how the Norwegian city-package structure can be adapted to rural areas. An important difference between cities and rural areas, influencing on the types of measures included in the package, is that smaller places like Bø have fewer barriers to car driving in the center area. Further, from a political point of view, introducing fee parking is presently not an option there. In comparison, larger cities typically have fee parking in central areas and an expectation from the state to strengthen the parking regime if climate goals are not reached. An adaptation of the rural package structure will therefore be to focus on better organization of parking in the central area, in order to reduce car use between sites there and to avoid unnecessary land use for parking. Further, the lower budget of the rural package reduces the possibilities for large public transport investments and new road projects. This makes facilitation of walking and cycling central themes in the package. The absence of road projects in Bø’s rural package also means that center-area development is highlighted as a key element.