Would you take your bike or your feet to work on this road? This picture is from the beautiful bike and walkway in Brisbane, Australia. Spending time here made us very happy. On the pathway numerous walkers and runners passed us, and a great deal of people bike to work. The beautiful pathways along the Brisbane river is a part of the CitySmart project. The aim of the project was to turn Brisbane into the most sustainable city in Austrailia, and last year they made it!
To make it easy and beautiful to use active transportation not only saves energy, but gives a lot of people better health and quality of life. Earlier this month we attended the first workshop aiming to make our own city, Trondheim a Smart City. Visiting Brisbane has given us a lot of inspiration and ideas to bringe home.
Is it possible to build a new part of Trondheim into a health and environmental friendly city for its inhabitants?
Trondheim health cluster and NTNU recently hosted a 2 day work shop discussing how to develop the Rotvoll area into a smart healthy city part. Through an interdisciplinary discussion, several key focus areas including health, mobility in town, road and housing structure, pollution, noise and new innovative technologies were presented and discussed.
Through interdisciplinary planning it is possible to develop a moving city, allowing for walking and biking as the main mode of transportation, availability of healthy food and environmentally sustainable choices. To achieve this, the smart choices need to be the easiest choice to make.