Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland city in the Nordic countries.
Currently there are about 235.000 inhabitants in Tampere and close to half a million inhabitants in Tampere Region. The region is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.
The city of Tampere is also developing fast and has secured next to 10 Billion Euros worth of investments for the next ten years in multiple different projects like, for example, the tramway, multipurpose arena and a new sustainable city district Hiedanranta . The average population growth has been more than 2.000 annually. Predictions say that the group of people over 65 years of age will grow by far the most in the next 20 years in the Tampere Central Region. These forecasts highlight the need for action to integrate the needs of senior citizens in urban development.
Besides Helsinki, Tampere is the most important transport hub in Finland. The public transport network in Tampere currently consists solely of a bus network. The city centre is already congested with buses, and the narrow neck of land between the lakes cannot support any more bus traffic. As of 2017, construction is underway for a light rail system (tramway) in the city to replace some of the more popular bus lines. The objective is to start the first section of the tramway in 2021.
Projects to improve the green mobility of senior citizens
Smart mobility is a focal point in Tampere. Since several years, the city aims to be a top Smart Mobility testing platform in Europe. Therefore the fields of action are utilizing real time traffic data, open data, positioning, robotics and building a 5G mobile network. Alongside with smart city development projects and new infrastructure, Tampere will create a top testing platform in Europe for smart mobility. The backbone of the smart public transportation will be the tramway. The busiest points along the tramway will be created into mobility hubs that will have robotic bus feeder traffic for the tram, informative tram stops, and both physical and digital services that create smooth-running everyday life.
“TampereSenior – The ageing society as an opportunity" programme seeks an operational model for an active life and healthy ageing in the City of Tampere and the Tampere Region working together with senior citizens and partners. The programme seeks new approaches which help old people to be active members of the society and policy-making. It also serves as a coordinator for all actions and actors that involve the wellbeing of the elderly and accumulates information on the possibilities and challenges of the ageing society.
Today there are already service buses that serve aged persons and people in wheelchair or with limited mobility. They circulate around 17 residential areas in Tampere and can be used by paying the normal fee of public transport.
City of Tampere
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