Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 09:54

Helsinki strengthens its pioneering in intelligent transport

Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that Helsinki has been chosen to participate in the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a global initiative aimed at enhancing the ability of cities to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles and to ensure that planning for the intelligent transport solution will enhance residents’ quality of life and improve social challenges.

The initiative has been started by the American Bloomberg Philanthropies organisation and The Aspen Institute. Cities that participate in the initiative in addition to Helsinki include the European cities London and Paris, the American cities Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville and Washington DC as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.

The initiative will help Helsinki prepare for the full range of potential implications of autonomous vehicles, including impacts on transport, the environment, social challenges, and many other areas. This would further urban well-being and the functionality of cities. The initiative brings together operators of different fields from the participating cities and thus helps the cities prepare for the development of intelligent transport. The objective is to create guidelines and tools that also help other cities to utilise the possibilities of intelligent transport.

Helsinki is currently undergoing a major turning point of the urban framework as new residential areas are being built right by the core of the city and older areas are being compressed. For example, these areas are where Helsinki is interested in realising different kinds of intelligent transport pilots.

Helsinki’s focuses also include utilising open data and real-time traffic information which have produced positive experiences here. Furthermore, implementing design thinking to the development of intelligent transport solutions would be quite natural for Helsinki.

The extensive collaboration initiative is expected to bring new business opportunities and international networks to the companies and start-ups based in the Helsinki area.

In addition to the city of Helsinki, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority and Smart & Clean Foundation have participated in the preliminary arrangement phase. 

One of the two background contributors of the initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is an organisation founded by Michael R. Bloomberg, who acted as the mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013. The organisation promotes the environmental, public health, education and cultural fields and the renewal of public administration by granting reliefs among other measures. The other background contributor is The Aspen Institute, which is a neutral think tank and research institute that focuses on developing leadership and public policy.
 

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Friday, October 13, 2017 - 11:38

New fast route complements Helsinki cycling network

A new fast cycling route now serves Helsinki cyclists. The route ­runs along the main railway tracks. Called Pohjoisbaana in Finnish, the bikeway connects southern and northern cycling routes in Helsinki. It is a part of the network of bicycle superhighways, that is, bikeways with wide lanes and no or few stops, allowing for higher speeds and smoother rides than regular bikeways.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 11:07

Four groups chosen to continue to the next stage of the Helsinki High-Rise Design-Build Competition

Helsinki is one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The change in the city is particularly visible in the former harbour and railway areas, which are now undergoing reconstruction to become homes, commercial spaces and business premises. The transformation offers excellent opportunities for property developers.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 15:24

Helsinki High-rise Competition: Second phase competitors announced on 5 October at Expo Real 2017

The Finnish State and City of Helsinki organize the Helsinki High-Rise Competition for the design and construction of the Central Pasila Tower Area located in Helsinki. The competitors behind the proposals chosen for the final stage in the competition will be revealed at Helsinki High-Rise Brunch on October 5th at Expo Real, at Helsinki Finland Stand (B1.320).

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 09:24

Myllypuro is a success story of urban revitalization

Over the last ten years the eastern Helsinki district of Myllypuro has experienced noticeable growth. The housing types have diversified and services expanded as a result of systematic development efforts.

“The diversification of housing types, including more housing alternatives for families, is an outcome of infill construction. The Wooden Myllypuro area is a good example of this. The area, also thanks to its predominantly wooden houses, expands the image of Myllypuro,” says Helsinki Mayor Anni Sinnemäki.