Urban mobility is globally facing big challenges in order to become more sustainable both environmentally and socially. Increasing the share of less-polluting and healthier travel modes – such as cycling - is a top priority in many urban regions; also in Helsinki region.
As a continuation for our previous research on multimodal accessibility, this project focused on sustainable urban mobility and accessibility from the point of view of cycling.
We aimed at
- (a) understanding and modelling urban accessibility from cyclists’ perspective;
- (b) studying Helsinki´s new bike sharing system and understanding how cycling in connection with public transport can ease the daily mobility of residents; and
- (c) exploring the potential of social media data to provide new insights for cycling planning.
In all, the project explored possibilities of different, novel data sources for producing new insights into cycling as part of sustainable urban mobility and understanding of spatio-temporal patterns of cycling in the Helsinki region.. The datasets included for example sport application data (Strava metro) and bike-sharing system data from Helsinki. The project was funded by Helsinki Metropolitan Region Urban Research Program (Katumetro)
A joint report was published with the City of Helsinki focusing on the routes and fluency of cycling in Helsinki.
- Tarnanen, A., Salonen, M., Willberg, E., & Toivonen, T. (2017). Pyöräilyn reitit ja sujuvuus. Helsingin kaupunki, kaupunkiympäristön toimiala. (in Finnish)
There are four published MSc theses who worked within the project, with following topics:
- Ainokaisa Tarnanen: “Modelling cycling speeds and travel times in the Helsinki region” (in Finnish)
- Mikko Raninen: "Spatiotemporal analysis of a bike sharing system in Helsinki” (in Finnish)
- Ludovic Chastenet: “Cycling as a part of sustainable urban transport in Helsinki: Assessing the influence of weather on cycling activity” (in English)
- Elias Willberg: "Bike sharing as part of urban mobility in Helsinki – a user perspective" (in English)
Following people were involved in the project:
- Maria Salonen (Project leader, post-doctoral researcher; currently on maternity leave) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Tuuli Toivonen (Head of research group) (email@example.com)
- Henrikki Tenkanen (Post-doctoral researcher from 2018 onwards) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ainokaisa Tarnanen (Project researcher working with Strava metro data; MSc student)
- Elias Willberg (PhD candidate)
- Mikko Raninen (MSc student)
- Ludovic Chastenet (MSc student)