Move more wisely

Wise mobility means favouring modes of transport that are sustainable and beneficial from the environmental and societal perspective. It is also advantageous on a personal level, helping you keep in shape and reducing your transport costs. When you move wisely, you improve the safety of your environment, air quality and social interaction and usually also reduce noise levels and carbon emissions. At the same time, you act as a role model for children and young people in safe traffic behaviour and sustainable transport choices.

Stay healthy by cycling

Wise mobility is beneficial from the municipal point of view as well as the perspective of public finances in general, since health care costs are reduced when the residents are in better condition and there are fewer accidents. It has been calculated that a 20% increase in walking and cycling in Porvoo would result in annual savings of as much as €3.7 million thanks to the reduced mortality rate alone.

A reduction in the use of cars saves parking space, decreases the need for street maintenance and investments and helps in the achievement of environmental objectives. Traffic accounts for one-fifth of our society’s carbon dioxide emissions. In combating climate change, it is important that traffic emissions are reduced in spite of the likely increase in the total volume of traffic.

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Moving towards ride-sharing

Wise mobility may mean walking, cycling, public transport, car sharing, ride-sharing or economic driving, depending on the situation and distance. The goal is for more and more people to use a mode of transport other than driving alone in their own cars. A key part of wise mobility is making conscious decisions and selecting the mode of transport according to the need at each time. For many people, the challenge lies in getting rid of old ways of thinking and acting and trying new modes of transport.

Wise mobility does not require fully changing your mode of transport; benefits can also be achieved by small actions and changes. In Finland, it is highly typical that every car journey begins from or ends at your home. Unnecessary driving kilometres could be reduced by means of planning or combining trips. The City of Porvoo aims to lower the threshold for reducing the use of private cars and support the decision-making of residents for more sustainable transport.

Porvoo develops in an energy-efficient manner

Porvoo is developing its urban structure in a more energy-efficient direction and decreasing the community costs resulting from traffic. Another goal is restricting traffic emissions and noise. Wise mobility facilitates the achievement of these goals. An energy-efficient urban structure with short distances makes it easy to move wisely. Favouring sustainable modes of transport reduces the city’s need for more investments in parking and the street network. The popularity of private cars affects the emissions, noise and reliance on oil.

Information on wise mobility

The promotion of sustainable mobility by means of encouraging actions is referred to as mobility management. This is carried out in, for example, municipalities, workplaces, schools, organisations and public events. The means include providing information on the services and benefits related to walking, cycling and public transport as well as guidance for more sustainable driving. This information highlights the positive aspects of wise mobility and helps people see their own opportunities to change their transport habits.

The effectiveness is also increased by means of positive images, campaigns and small incentives. The actions to promote mobility yield the best results when the education efforts are combined with infrastructure projects. It is desirable that, for example, the information on improving the conditions for pedestrian and bicycle traffic reaches an audience as large as possible.

Choosing your place of residence

The planning of mobility starts with choosing your place of residence. The location of your home usually determines your need to use a private car. When choosing where to live, it is a good idea to consider not only the properties of the dwelling but also your mobility needs, and find out about the opportunities for walking, cycling and public transport use in the area.

You can get your groceries on foot or by bike if you live close enough to the shop. If you have children, you also need to consider their recreational opportunities and the social side of childhood. In the ideal situation, children can go to school and their hobbies independently. Benefits for well-being and the environment often go hand-in-hand.