Low-emission transport developed in corporate cooperation through various experiments

Published: 3.2.2022 8.35
Matinkylä city centre is one of the mobility hubs in Espoo.
The Low-carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs project developed services for busy mobility hubs.Photo: Olli Urpela

The goal of the recently ended ‘Six City: Low-carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs’ project was to improve the business opportunities of transport companies and to promote emission-free transport in urban environments. The City of Espoo was the lead partner in the project. The other parties involved in the project were Business Tampere, the cities of Oulu and Turku and Turku University of Applied Sciences.

The aim of the Six City projects is to develop better services in cities and create new competence, business and jobs in Finland. The Six City work will continue with EU funding until the end of 2022. The Six City Strategy is implemented by the six largest cities in Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu.

The Low-carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs project developed and tested new mobility services, especially in mobility hubs. Mobility hubs are junctions of mobility, i.e. urban centres with strong public transport or and large numbers of visitors.

Broad range of mobility experiments in urban environments

Experiments that were carried out within the scope of this project include, among others, experiments related to charging cabinets for electric bicycle batteries conducted in cooperation with LatausPolku Oy. Electric bicycle batteries can be left safely in the charging cabinet, for example, while the cyclist runs errands. The charging cabinets were in test use on the premises of Iso Omena Shopping Centre and Otaniemi metro station.

Together with LatausPolku Oy, we carried out a regional car experiment that introduced shared cars to the streets of Matinkylä, Espoon keskus and Leppävaara. The service was later expanded to cover more Espoo districts.

We also joined forces with Citynomadi Oy to create the Way Finder service for the Tapiola metro station. The services guides passengers by directing them to various nearby destinations in Tapiola. The service is available on the Citynomadi website and it helps passengers find their way once they have arrived at the metro station by giving clear route instructions.

We also carried out various surveys and experiments related to robot buses and the potential of automated traffic in urban environments. In our seminars, we brought together transport experts, providing the latest information on future development paths and the potential of robot buses. 

These and other experiments conducted as part of our project are presented in further detail on our project website(extrernal link) (in Finnish).

Final seminar presented project results

The final seminar of the Low-carbon Transport in Mobility Hubs project was held as a webinar on 1 December 2021. A recording of the event is available on the City of Turku YouTube channel(extrernal link). Representatives of the cities involved in the project presented their own experiments and results. During the course of the project, the cities cooperated with partner companies to develop new mobility services, travel chains, i.e. combinations of multiple modes of travel, parking systems, electric mobility equipment and autonomous bus transport.

The keynote speaker of the event, Professor Arto O. Salonen shared his vision of future mobility in urban environments. When talking about the mobility trends of the future, he mentioned, among other things, that cycling and walking will become increasingly popular. He estimated that the popularity of mobility that relies on muscular energy is growing in general.

Development of sustainable and emission-free traffic continues in Espoo

The City of Espoo’s Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development currently has several ongoing projects that develop sustainable mobility and transport together with various partners. Among other projects, Solution Path to Sustainable Growth Ecosystems (RAKKE) and Implementation Pathway for Environments that Accelerate Sustainable Growth (KETO) develop low-emission and sustainable transport solutions in cooperation with partners.

The RAKKE project develops and expands the ecosystems of the key growth areas of digitalisation and green transition in Uusimaa together with 100 companies and other developers. Espoo acts as a development environment and active partner in the project. Our focus in this project is on promoting biogas for the use of heavy-duty vehicles and turning Espoo’s own logistics and vehicle and machine base carbon-neutral. We also hope to involve new partners in the cooperation.

The KETO project promotes Espoo’s carbon neutrality target by encouraging and facilitating the construction of charging points for electric cars in housing companies, workplaces and parking facilities. Residents can participate in the development work in workshops to be organised at the end of spring 2022, where operating models will be formed for housing companies to facilitate the construction of charging points for electric cars and introduce sustainable energy solutions. Furthermore, the city wants to ensure that the infrastructure of its own parking garages develops and thus for its part promotes electric transportation in Espoo.

Further information:

Transport Development Manager Mari Päätalo, +358 40 639 4550, mari.paatalo@espoo.fi

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