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Helsinki Pedestrians' logo. A circle filled with red that has a cream-colored outline. Walking, cartoon legs come down from upper left. Inside the circle along the lower rim there is a text 'Jalankulkijat', which means pedestrians in Finnish.

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Helsinki Pedestrians' Association

Helsinki Pedestrians' Association was founded in 2023. The association advocates for more space, safety and enjoyment for people in Helsinki.

This means prioritizing people and walkable neighbourhoods in city planning.

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What do we want?

Our objectives in city planning

More space!

  • Streets reserved for walking have to be bigger to increase safety, enjoyment and possibilities of street usage.
  • There should be fewer cars in densely populated areas.

More safety!

  • Speed limits in the city have to be reduced to improve safety and reduce noise pollution.
  • The safety of all pedestrians has to be improved with physical constructs, such as barriers and speed bumps - especially near schools and other such areas.
  • The physical accessibility and quality of winter upkeep has to be improved. Sidewalks have to be for walking and free from obstacles.

More greenery and enjoyment!

  • The streets' greenery has to be increased. More trees and plants have to be planted along the sidewalks to give shelter, protection and enjoyment. Streets have to have more benches and temporary furniture during the summer.
  • There have to be more areas planned for children: playful and safe places that encourage movement and play.
  • Minimum parking requirements have to be abolished. They force the city to plan and build parking in neighbourhoods that are accessible by public transport.
  • The amount of on the ground parking has to be reduced and the existing parking turned into more enjoyable areas. Parking spaces can be rented for other uses - such as to entrepreneurs in the area.

Make the whole city walkable!

The walkability has to be improved in neighbourhoods and suburbs, where most of the people live. This is achieved by creating accessible and straighforward routes for walking, while protecting and strengthening the greenery, among other things.

What does “walkability” mean?

A good, walkable environment consists of many things such as

  • the environment is safe and physically accessible to pedestrians - regardless of disability
  • sidewalks are wide and modes of transport have been clearly separated
  • the quality of upkeep is good during every season
  • the city space is interesting and diverse
  • the streets are enjoyable and beautiful
  • routes for pedestrians are fast to use and short without big cut-off, noisy or scary areas
  • routes around construction sites are physically accessible and as short as possible
  • good public transport and diverse services, including the greenery, are a part of the experience people have while walking.