In Copenhagen, a city where the number of bicycles almost six to one exceeds the cars, the few residents who choose to drive a car will soon have even greater problems finding a place to park – unless they switch to electricity.
The City of Copenhagen has decided to remove 5,000 parking spaces for petrol and diesel cars and replace them with 4,100 electric car charging spaces and 900 shared parking spaces. The transition will take place over the next three years.
The decision has been met with condemnation from the right – especially from members of the Conservatives.
– We think it is completely insane to take away the conventional parking spaces when there is already a shortage of them, says children and youth mayor Jakob Næsager. TV2.
Instead, Næsager and other members of his party have argued that electric cars and car sharing should be developed beyond existing spaces rather than replacing them.
“It is becoming harder and harder for Copenhageners to find a parking space. There is already a shortage of parking spaces in all bridge districts, and taking these spaces out is to mock Copenhageners, ”said Næsager.
The mayor answers
Copenhagen’s Lord Mayor, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, has said that the reduction of parking for petrol and diesel cars is deliberate – and necessary.
“4,000 parking spaces may sound like a lot, but when we look at how many there are in total in Copenhagen, it is unfortunately still a fraction. If we want the green development, then we must be at the forefront, ”said Andersen.
By making it less convenient to own a vehicle that is dependent on fossil fuels – and at the same time making it more convenient to own an electric car – Andersen hopes that the decision will have an impact on Copenhageners’ purchasing decisions.
“If we continue to arrange the city according to the needs of the cars and not the needs of people, then we could provide the city with a lot of parking spaces. But what we want Copenhageners to do is replace the car with an electric car, ”said Andersen.
Danish motorists’ club backs plan
FDM, a private interest organization that works on behalf of Danish motorists, supports the plan.
“Electric cars and rechargeable cars are currently being sold like never before, and it is only becoming more pronounced,” Dennis Lange, chief consultant at FDM, told TV2.
With only 1,300 electric car spaces in Copenhagen at the moment, according to Lange, there is already a shortage of charging spaces for electric car owners. Therefore, says Lange, it is the “right way to go” to prioritize the expansion of electric car infrastructure.
Source: The Nordic Page