mayor of Helsinki, Finland, wants to attract more cars to the centre
Dear Eric, Mari and Lee,
Our mayor Jussi Pajunen really has generated a lively discussion about urban mobility: Along to Helsingin Sanomat newspaper's gallup, majority (60 %) of people think that cars do not belong to the city at all, even the most conservative taxi drivers say that they want to have congestion charges to decrease the amount of cars etc.
Pajunen's opinion about car drivers spending conciderable sums of money comes from the viewpoint of the city's greatest department store Stockmann. More extensive research shows, that the share of money flow is similar to the modal split: public transport passengers are the most important customers also because they visit various shops whereas car drivers only make their purchases in one store - Stockmann offers free parking for big purchases, which makes the cash receipts show cars even more significance. All in all, this is not a matter of logical reasoning but attitude.
Anyway, he cannot make the decisions himself. A couple of weeks ago, a new deputy Mayor was elected for Helsinki. He is Mr. Hannu Penttilä, who now works as head of the Helsinki Metropolitan Council (responsible e.g. for public transport). I saw him in TV answering the question about his visions to improve the city: "At least I can promise, that after one year it will be much easier to ride a bike in the city centre!"
I want to thank you for concerning about Helsinki - - - and once again wish the best luck for Hannu!
Ministry of the Environment Finland
PO Box 35, FIN-00023 Government
Tel. +358 400 143 965
Lähettäjä: Lee Schipper [mailto:schipper@...]
Lähetetty: 19. marraskuuta 2007 7:07
Kopio: Mari Jüssi; Silfverberg Leena
Aihe: RE: [NewMobilityCafe] mayor of Helsinki, Finland,wants to attract more cars to the centre
Strange. The Deputy Mayor was in Dalian, China, in early September at a W Economic forum event extolling his sustainable transport plans.
Director of Research,
EMBARQ the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport
Univ of Calif Transport Center
Interesting statement from a mayor of a city that has very good public transport system and cycle paths, ca 70% of commuting trips are made by public transport and the whole metropolitan region has invested a lot into smart growth type of developments along rail corridors.
The mayor of Helsinki came out with this statement after he had met with a trade and industry lobby group of central Helsinki.
Estonian Green Movement
Mayor wants more cars in central Helsinki
15.11.2007 at 18:12
Jussi Pajunen, the mayor of Helsinki, said Thursday that it was important to attract more motorists into the centre of the Finnish capital.
Mr Pajunen added he feared that Helsinki was in danger of becoming a US-style satellite city whose inhabitants preferred to visit large shopping centres instead of doing their shopping in the city centre.
According to Mr Pajunen, customers travelling by car must be served well because they spend considerable sums of money.
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