Oslo inherits a spatial form that can enable it to more quickly pivot to a ‘15 minute’ city model.
Oslo inherits a spatial form that can enable it to more quickly pivot to a ‘15 minute’ city model, which evidence suggests is becoming more sought after among prospective entrepreneurs, residents and investors. In Oslo, more people live within easy walking distance of key education and healthcare facilities and access to public transport is higher. Resident satisfaction with the public transport system remains very high by global standards, which is partly due to the high frequency and perceived safety of services.
Despite this, other regions completing big system improvements to coverage and efficiency mean that Oslo’s overall infrastructure system scores have fallen back slightly. New datasets also highlight emerging perceptions that the reliability of public transport services could be better.
Figure 17: Public transport accessibility and walkability in Oslo and peer city regions
Figure 18: Resident perceptions of Oslo’s public transport system compared to European peers
The recent cycle of culture-led improvements in the urban character and fabric of the city has paid off in the minds of locals and can help to underpin a recovery to the current crisis. The region’s residents are now highly satisfied with cultural facilities - more so than in larger cultural capitals such as Stockholm and Barcelona.
On the other hand, online platforms suggest that the region’s cultural momentum has not yet been reflected as strongly in perceptions of visitors and tourists. Perceptions of cleanliness and quality across all Oslo’s public spaces are not as strong as in other regions. Some evidence suggests the region may need to work harder to bridge the gap between home and workplace post-Covid, due to a relative lack of high quality co-working spaces outside of the city centre.
Figure 19: Percentage of residents living close to a car-free zone
Figure 20: Oslo’s rank among European peers for resident and all-audience satisfaction with cultural amenities