Since 1992, Helsinki has adopted a policy of lowering speed limits in built-up areas to encourage better road safety. But the Finnish capital has chosen to go even further by cutting pedestrian and cyclist road deaths to zero.
In its 2015 road safety development programme, Helsinki focused on four key areas: safe, eco-friendly transport for children and young people; better road safety for pedestrians and cyclists; clear principles for limiting speed; and cooperation with all stakeholders.
The main benefits
• The number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads fell from 150 in 1992 to 50 in 2015.
• To continue this decrease, Helsinki imposed 30 km/h speed limits on all roads in residential neighbourhoods in May 2019.
• Along with Oslo, it ended 2019 having suffered no pedestrian or cyclist deaths in traffic accidents.