Vision: Getting around Tampere city centre on pedestrians’ terms – respond to the online survey

The Tampere transport committee has approved the vision and goals for developing city centre transport. According to this vision for the future, travelling in the city centre will happen on pedestrians’ terms, but the centre will still be accessible with all modes of transport. Residents can share their views on the transport network in the city centre in an online survey open to all.

The updating of the goals and the survey are part of the ongoing preparation of the city centre transport plan. The transport plan will direct the city centre planning for the next decade or so.

According to the vision, the centre’s transport system supports the development of a centre that is vibrant, diverse, comfortable, and sustainable. More and more people arrive in the city centre in a sustainable manner, which supports the seamless accessibility of the centre. In a growing city, the city centre streets adapt to a wide range of mobility and uses. An easy-to-navigate mobility environment and an intelligent transport system guide the people moving in the city centre.

A safe and comfortable pedestrian centre full of experiences

A key development goal is to have a centre where getting around happens on pedestrians’ terms. The pedestrian centre will be developed as a comfortable, all-year entity full of experiences. The walking routes form a network that is stimulating, continuous, and easy to navigate. Walking is considered safe and accessible. 

The heart of the public transport system: city centre 

The goals state that the access to the city centre is easy and rapid, and changing from one mode of transport to another is also easy and accessible. The central station district is a high-class mobility hub and a gateway to the world.

Bicycle traffic in the city centre is clearly marked off from the pedestrian traffic 

According to the development goals, the city centre sites and services are accessible by bicycles and micromobility vehicles, such as electric scooters. The cycling routes form a continuous, logical network, which provides easy, all-year access to the city centre and around it. All traffic following bicycle traffic rules is clearly separated from pedestrian traffic. In the centre’s zone of low-speed mobility, driving a bicycle or a micromobility vehicle on the driving lane is safe and inviting, as the number of cars and the driving speed are low.

Sustainable modes of transport also improve accessibility by car

A smooth flow of car traffic in the centre requires a new kind of thinking. The increased use of sustainable modes of transport also support the city centre accessibility by car. The car traffic arriving in the city centre is mainly directed to the main streets, the centre's ring for cars, and parking facilities. Parking in the city centre is managed in a comprehensive manner. An underground parking network is implemented in the city centre. 

On-street parking is available for short-term errand parking, for people with reduced mobility, and for deliveries. Sufficient number of functional and safe parking spaces are made for bicycles and electric scooters.

The city centre transport plan vision extends to 2040

The Mayoral Programme states that a transport system plan for all modes of transport will be formulated for the centre of Tampere. The plan will take advantage of digitalisation and intelligent transport solutions. The vision of the plan extends to 2040.

The transport system plan forms an entity that encompasses all modes of transport together with their users, service providers, and means of transport. The transport system defines, among other things, how to enter and how to get around the centre.

A survey on the transport network in the city centre

The survey, which is open to everyone, asks for views concerning the extent of the pedestrian centre, the main bicycle routes, and the centre's ring for cars. The survey is open from 15 to 28 May 2023.

The progress of the planning can be followed on the website, which also has available materials related to the transport system planning. Another open survey will be carried out in early autumn. Discussions with stakeholder and expert representatives on different stages of the work will take place in workshops to be organised. The transport system plan is prepared under the guidance of the transport committee in cooperation with city and consultant experts.


Survey on the development of transport networks in the city  (In Finnish)

Further information

Ari Vandell
040 564 4518
Photos: Laura Happo
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