Helsinki Aims to Be Car-Free by 2025 by @Jared_L_Green

The Guardian ‘s excellent environmental coverage has been supplemented by a new section on cities , supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Here, we learn about an ambitious plan in Helsinki, Finland , to create a revolutionary “mobility on demand” system by 2025. The system would enable all “shared and public transport” to be paid for with a single payment network available via smartphones. People would create their own transportation infrastructure from scratch. This is a complete rethinking of urban mobility for the age of ubiquitous connectivity. The Guardian writes: “Helsinki aims to transcend conventional public transport… The hope is to furnish riders with an array of options so cheap, flexible, and well-coordinated that it becomes competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use.” Helsinki residents will use a new app t...

Full article: http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/node/297026

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