Turku, with its surrounding municipalities, is an energetic centre of growth in the Baltic Sea area. The versatile livelihood structure, top class selection of education, culture, and services, as well as the beautiful archipelago, form a magnetic combination. Turku is the oldest city in Finland, and the city recently launched a new Turku strategy 2029 including the goal of Carbon Neutral Turku by 2040. The Living Lab district Kupittaa (2.85km2) is located in the eastern part of the city center. It is one of Turku´s most rapidly developing brownfield areas. In addition to diverse types of housing, a university hospital, a train station and Finland’s largest urban park, the laboratory area also houses a Science Park and all the central campuses of the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, and soon the new campus of the Turku University of Applied Sciences. The laboratory area is connected to the spearhead projects of the city.
Turku is Finland’s first CIVITAS city, and it has the framework to develop into a true international model city of sustainable solutions.The CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project in Turku aims to develop electric transport, shared use of cars and bicycles, and the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) model. The focus area is Kupittaa.
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Bike Sharing and Car Sharing Schemes in Turku
A pilot bike sharing system (BSS), with 300 bicycles and 37 stations, has implemented in Turku. This measure will provide the first BSS in Turku.
Introduction of electric public transport
The City of Turku has introduced new electric buses in the public transport fleet to reach the goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2029.
Electrification of the municipal fleet in Turku
10 different electric vehicles (e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, e-vans, e-cars) were tested together with different awareness raising methods for e-mobility in different city departments.
Introduce biogas for heavy-duty freight vehicles
Within this measure, the City of Turku cooperated with relevant stakeholders in order to promote the use of biogas for heavy duty freight vehicles.
Easy, safe and comfortable cycling and walking around the year
The objective of this measure is to increase the year-round traffic flows of cycling and walking by making the current infrastructure easier, safer and more comfortable to use
Integrated ticketing and information system for smart mobility
The city of Turku created a new open data interface and platform into which the ticketing system of the public transport system is incorporated.
Smart multimodal mobility services
In this measure, the city of Turku catalyzes and pilots the development of a MaaS system and services in the city of Turku.
Participatory mobility planning
The City of Turku and the Regional Council of Southwest Finland developed new planning approaches and tested the possibilities made available by new technologies and social networks (mobile apps, social media) for interactive and participatory planning.
Urban corridor cases as pilots for sustainable urban mobility
This measure aimed to develop planning processes which enable and support a car independent lifestyle in the Kupittaa district.
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