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.
 

Read More:

The American Bloomberg Philanthropies

The Aspen Institute

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 09:22

Children of Laajasalo to have a new day care centre

The southeastern early-education district of Helsinki will have more space for the needs of day care and early education. A new day care centre to replace Day Care Centre Yliskylä being built at Köökarinpolku 1 will provide day care to 232 children a bit more than a year from now.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 08:08

Tram network expanded and renovated in summer

Helsinki tram routes will be expanded and older tracks renovated during the summer and autumn of 2017 for the needs of a new tram network to be launched in August. Track work will proceed at about 20 sites.

The new tram network will have 2.8 kilometres of new tracks. The main track work sites will be located on the streets of Välimerenkatu and Reijolankatu.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 12:34

Helsinki residents’ sense of security has not weakened

Helsinki residents’ sense of security in everyday life has not deteriorated. This is a general conclusion of the latest Helsinki Safety Survey, the responses to which were collected at the turn of the year 2015-16. Perceived security in people’s own neighbourhoods and in central Inner Helsinki rose steadily in the years 2003-2012. Since then, the situation has not changed. Yet there are large differences between Helsinki districts in terms of perceived unsafety, particularly during weekend evenings.

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 07:46

Brochure on Helsinki’s new city plan

The new city plan of Helsinki is presented in a newly published brochure in a concise manner. The Helsinki City Plan brochure explains to readers the key concepts and solutions of the city plan, such as increasing density, the expansion of the inner city to “city boulevards” and the development of the rail network for public transport in Helsinki.