A worker painting parking spaces for e-scooters in Turku, Source: City of Turku

Turku proves its dedication to safe urban traffic

Turku proves its dedication to safe urban traffic

It has taken new measures to ensure the safety of e-scooter users, cyclists and pedestrians

In recent years, e-scooters have appeared on the streets of cities all over the world. These vehicles appeared suddenly and unexpectedly. Now, they have become a trusted mode of transport for millions of people.

While they undoubtedly have numerous benefits, the shared e-scooters also present several problems. For instance, there are many people who do not know where and how to safely use them.

This inevitably puts their life (and the lives of others) at risk. What is more, the growing number of these personal light electric vehicles means that sidewalks and bicycle lanes become inaccessible as users often park e-scooters in unsuitable places.

Parking zones and new safety guidelines

In a press release, the Finnish City of Turku reported that it has outlined new guidelines for the use of e-scooters. These guidelines come after several new companies offering shared micro-mobility services arrived in Turku.

Now, the municipality has defined parking areas as well as no-parking zones to ensure that the e-scooters do not act as obstacles that hinder walking and cycling.  What is more, the City of Turku has further collaborated with the aforementioned micro-mobility companies to develop rules that guarantee the safety of all urban traffic.

Project Manager Stella Aaltonen commented on Turku’s efforts, noting: “With the appearance of electric scooters in the streets of Turku, the discussion on traffic safety and the use of street space has been lively. The city wants to guide companies that provide means of transport on good practices. The aim of the guidelines is to ensure that the new modes of transport are functional and safe and that they naturally relate to other modes of transport.”

Finally, the City of Turku also reminds residents to be cautious when driving e-scooters. More specifically, the municipality prompts users to drive on bicycle lanes, adjust their speeds, and park in a manner that does not interfere with other traffic.

In addition to painting parking spaces, developing no-parking zones, outlining guidelines for micro-mobility companies, and reminding residents to exercise caution, Turku is also planning to launch a mobility campaign in the near future. With these actions, the city proves that is dedicated to ensuring safe urban traffic.

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