asked them about City Cycling (and driving) Norge
Style. Here’s what I found out:
There are few obvious bike lanes in the city centre
of Bergen. Many streets though, are blocked and calmed
to stop drivers. I was staying close to Fosswinckels
Gate that actually had a basketball court on it. How
car unfriendly is that!! Cyclists had ramped cut-throughs.
Many cyclists use pavements for local trips. Helmet
wearing is patchy, though I’d wear something
on my head as it rains here all the time!
Further out I saw a bike tunnel that was big enough
to drive my SmallCar® through. The cyclists were
not happy! Norwegian cyclists are just like the ones
at home and rarely smile.
Bergen has fairly quiet traffic and people do not
race off at traffic lights ‘grand prix’style.
If you hit a cyclist it is your fault whatever the
5) Bergen has had road tolls for years - income generated
is twice that originally forecast and has been used
to inprove roads and public transport.
Bergen has steep hills and heavy rain. All bikes have
mudguards and gears though I saw a few of the 3 speed
Cycling levels are still higher here than UK and obesity
My host for the visit was Ingebjorg Norstrom who is
also a SmallCar® importer for the Fyllingsdalen
district. Like many Norwegians Ingebjorg has a Hytte
(hutta) in the mountains where she likes to spend
weekends and I was honoured to be invited to join
however, did not go as planned. Whilst Inge was sorting
out the special SmallTrailer® to tow behind her
car I decided to take a quick drive round town. This
was a gross error of judgement.
within ten minutes I had managed to ‘lose’my
SmallCar® by mistakenly driving through a bus-only
tunnel on Olav Kyres Gate. I was easily apprehended
by the police at the other end as there is a barrier
that can only be worked by buses.
shame of it all - dear reader this must rate as my
worst driving experience ever. I did try explaining
to the Politi that I was Bobby McWheeler, the famous
online motoring correspondent with around 100 readers
and that bus lanes back home were painted bright green
or red. I also pointed out that the hill that the
tunnel went through was in fact too steep for my little