Participating towns and cities

FinlandTurku, Finland

189.930 inhabitants
Mobility services service area
Stella Aaltonen
City of Turku
Yliopistonkatu 27
20100 Turku
(++358) (0)44 9075983

Participation 2013

Activities within the week Activities within the week

Turku organises activities during EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK 2013, taking into account the annual theme.

All week
The National Carpool Day during the European Mobility Week 19.9.2013

During the European Mobility Week on the National Carpool Day electronic carpool networking portals will be promoted for the commuters of a big industrial park in Lieto, a municipality near Turku. A Carpool promotion event will be held in that area and throughout the week carpooling groups will share their experiences about carpooling in social medias.

The National Teleworking Day during the European Mobility Week 20.9.2013

On the National Teleworking Day the possibilities of teleworking will be promoted by demonstrating in public spaces like libraries. These happenings will bring into attention how the municipalities can support flexible working amongst their inhabitants. The fact that through support for teleworking possibilities the municipality will get more satisfied inhabitants, more users for its services and new cooperation networks will be highlighted in the demonstrations.

The International Car Free Day street event 22.9.2013

On the international Car Free Day a cheerful and operational street event with strong visibility will take place in the city center of Turku. Valonia together with its partner organizations will organize this free of charge street event that offers activities for people of all ages.

The highlights of the event include the performance of the rap artist Paleface who is the official guardian of the Finnish Mobility week, and mobility themed Alias –game sessions where local politicians and students will compete together.

The participants of the event have the possibility to try electric bikes, to safely try out roller skating and different bike models, and to participate in competitions while getting a free quick service for their own bikes. Cyclers will get their rubber wheels pumped and chains oiled. In the event the participants will have the possibility to get to know the bus routes. Information about the many ecological and social aspects related to smarter transportation modes will be shared as well. Guided bike tours and nordic walking tours will also be organized.

A broad network of public organizations, experts and NGOs are responsible for organizing the event. Most of these organizations have been involved in organizing the Car Free Day before.

Permanent measures Permanent measures

Turku implements one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.

New or improved bicycle facilities
Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
Improvement of infrastructure (new foot bridges, pavements, road crossings, zebra crossings etc)
Public transport services
Improvement and extension of the public transport network (creation of HOV lanes for public transport modes, new stops, new lines, reserved areas etc)
Mobility management
Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
Elaboration of educational materials
Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders

Car-free day Car-free day

Turku carries out a Car-Free Day 2013 and closes off one or more streets to traffic, and opens it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
The Car Free day happening will take place in the center of Turku city. Main arena for the activities will be the market square. Local busses drive through surroundings of the market square but there is one side of the square permitted also to private cars. On this street there is also parking area for 80 cars.This route and the parking area will be closed from all the traffic. It creates a continuum for the pedestrian street which is also reserved for Car Free Day happening.