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10/11/2017 3:50 PM

Lahti receives 4.7 million euros to promote sustainable mobility among its citizens

The city of Lahti’s CitiCAP project has been granted 4.7 million euros of project funding from the EU’s Urban Innovative Actions initiative. The project will develop new transport services for citizens while creating incentives for sustainable mobility.
Cyclist on Aleksanterinkatu

​The goals of the CitiCAP (citizens' cap and trade co-created) project are to reduce emissions from transport, collect and make available digital data on mobility, and develop new transport services for citizens. The CitiCAP project will experiment with a personal carbon trading scheme for mobility as part of the Lahti region's transport policy and build a main cycle route based on smart solutions (Lahti city centre – Apilakatu street).

In practice, personal carbon trading means that citizens will benefit from reducing their own emissions from mobility. They could receive, for example, various benefits in the traffic environment, as well as incentives for service use. For instance, citizens whose mobility emissions remain below their personal quota levels could be offered cheaper public transport or bicycle maintenance services.  The aim is to get also employers involved in the CitiCAP project, as they can reward their employees for sustainable mobility.

In medium-sized cities, problems related to car traffic, for example, are different from those encountered in larger cities. This means that new, positive incentives for sustainable mobility are needed for medium-sized cities. Lahti is well suited as a platform for experimenting with such positive incentives.

Collecting traffic data

The project will also develop an operating model for collecting and providing access to various kinds of traffic data. In Lahti, the city is already producing traffic data: traffic lights gather data on traffic volumes, counters measure the number of cyclists and pedestrians, and real-time passenger data is collected on public transport. Plenty of data on mobility is currently available, but it is scattered across various sources, such as mobile phones, and is most often not open to the public. This makes it more difficult to create new services and develop the mobility environment.

Sustainable mobility in Lahti

Lahti's city planning process for 2017–2020 will include a plan for sustainable urban mobility. For example, the city will promote walking, cycling and public transport with a new mobile app.

"Traffic is a key factor when it comes to air quality in cities. In the coming years, we will develop, collaboratively with our citizens, a plan on how to make mobility more sustainable in Lahti while improving the quality of life," says Transport Engineer Kristiina Kartimo.

The EU's Urban Innovative Actions initiative provides 80% of funding in support of innovative solutions that are tested in individual cities. The city of Lahti's innovation partners in this project are: Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti Region Development LADEC and four companies working in the field of mobility: Infotripla, Mattersoft, Moprim and Coreorient.

International visibility helps Lahti receive EU funding

Last spring, the city of Lahti gained visibility by participating in the EU's European Green Capital Award competition (EGCA). Raising the city's international profile has worked in favour of Lahti with regard to obtaining funding from various kinds of EU funding schemes. For the upcoming 2020 EGCA competition, the city of Lahti will invite regional developers to become increasingly involved in joint communications and ambitious goal-setting. 

CitiCAP project in brief:

  • Collecting traffic data under one platform
  • Developing and experimenting with a personal carbon trading scheme for citizens' mobility
  • Building one main cycle route (city centre – Apilakatu street) utilising smart solutions

Further information:
Environmental Director Saara Vauramo, +358 44 716 1585
Transport Planning Manager Jukka Lindfors, +358 50 559 4139
Transport Engineer Kristiina Kartimo, +358 50 559 4100
Professor Helena Kahiluoto, LUT, +358 40 511 8335