We’re pretty well speechless with amazement reading of Helsinki’s plans to lift itself beyond conventional approaches to mobility. By 2030 car ownership will be pointless there. The suburbs and inner districts of Helsinki are to become a venue for a comprehensive matrix of travel options accessed by electronic devices. Smart apps will link car sharing, rental bicycles, mini buses, water craft, and taxis to those needing to get around. The extent of this planned system is such that its users will find it competitive in time and cost with ownership of a private car. Wow! Ambitious. Imagine if low income people in North America’s sprawl could get access to this kind of mobility.
Helsinki’s ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years. Finland’s capital hopes a ‘mobility on demand’ system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete theguardian.com
New Helsinki bus line lets you choose your own route Wired/Autopia
image: Helsinki’s main train station via Wikimedia Commons