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CitiCAP project

Promoting sustainable urban mobility in Lahti

CitiCAP project (Citizens’ cap-and-trade co-created) received funding from the EU UIA 2nd Call, Urban Mobility theme (2018-2020). The project concentrates on enabling and promoting sustainable urban mobility in Lahti.

Among other measures, such as open mobility data platform and SUMP, the project develops a model for personal carbon trading on mobility and an application for the citizens that enables real-time tracking and visualization of one’s mobility carbon footprint. The application can be downloaded from Play Store and App Store.

The mobility data platform opens up possibilities for new mobility service development. Furthermore, CitiCAP develops a model for designing the bicycle route network, by building a 2,5 km smart bicycle highway that highlights by example the importance of safe cycling infrastructure.

Lahti invites fellow cities to join in

One of the City of Lahti’s climate goals is to become carbon neutral by 2025, and Lahti is now inviting other cities to join in efforts to combat the hard-to-tackle mobility emissions.

The carbon trading application has already aroused interest in cities of different sizes both in Finland and abroad and CitiCAP wants to share the methodology and learnings of the development process with other cities. The personal carbon trading readiness of a follower city candidate will be assessed in a workshop. Cities should get involved if they want to solve challenging traffic problems such as co2-emissions, air quality issues and congestion and of course in order to become one the pioneers on the field.

“We provide an instrument for the cities to engage their citizens to take action on climate change mitigation through their own everyday choices”, says CitiCAP-project manager Anna Huttunen.

A Smart Bicycle Highway improves cycling conditions

The CitiCAP project will build a bicycle highway from the Lahti Travel Centre to Ajokatu. The bike lane will be about 2.5 kilometers long. The construction will be finalized by the end of the year 2020.

The purpose of the bicycle highway is to enable smooth and safe year-round cycling. The cycle path is clearly separated from other transport modes in order to create safe and comfortable cycling infrastructure that simultaneously improves walking conditions. When reaching Ajokatu, the cycle path connects with another new bike path from Renkomäki to Uudenmaankatu Street Street.

Smart solutions for the bicycle highway

Various smart solutions are being tested on the bicycle lane to improve the cycling experience. The CitiCAP project hosted an innovation competition to find innovative solutions to be implemented on the bicycle highway. The competition received ten high-quality proposals from four countries: England, Japan, Estonia and Finland.  As a result smart, energy saving lightning, safe bicycle racks and info screens will be implemented on the bicycle highway.

The CitiCAP bicycle is part of the city’s cycling network plan 2030, which consists of about 40 kilometers of main and regional cycling routes. The main cycling routes provide smooth and fast access from the residential area to the city center.

Smart cycle path schedule

  • General Traffic Engineering 6-8 / 2018
  • Street Planning 9-12 / 2018
  • Approval of the Street Plan Technical and Environmental Board 12/2018
  • Construction Design 1-2 / 2019
  • Construction Procurement 12 / 2019-02 / 2020
  • Construction 3 / 2020-12 / 2020

Further information:
Anna Huttunen, project manager: anna.huttunen@lahti.fi

Partners: The city of Lahti, LUT University, Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LUAS), Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd, Companies: Infotripla, Mattersoft, Moprim. Future Dialog, Good Sign