Intelligent traffic solutions underpin smooth transport

Traffic in the growing Helsinki will be planned together with land use. Land use will be developed in Helsinki in such a way that traffic can be arranged in a sustainable manner – economically, socially and ecologically. The aim is to increase the proportions of public transport, walking and cycling.

Goal: The proportion of public transport, walking and cycling as modes of transport will be increased

Almost 80 per cent of the trips in Helsinki are made on foot, by bike or by public transport. The COVID-19 pandemic increased especially the proportion of trips made on foot. A significant change also took place during the COVID-19 pandemic in the commuter traffic proportions, where the share of trips made by car increased clearly. 

Distribution of modes of transport by main mode of transport.

Goal: Reduce the number of combustion engine cars in the urban area

Approximately 219,000 passenger cars are registered in traffic in Helsinki (on March 31, 2024). The majority of these are still either petrol or diesel cars. However, the number of electric-powered cars (full electric cars and plug-in hybrid cars) has grown rapidly during the current strategic period. Their share of the total passenger car fleet in use is about one-fifth at the beginning of 2024, compared to just under 3 percent at the beginning of 2020. Meanwhile, the combined share of petrol and diesel cars has decreased.

The number of full electric cars is still smaller than the number of hybrid cars, but their number is currently growing faster than that of hybrid cars. The construction of electric vehicle charging points is progressing. In 2023, construction began on over 200 new public charging points in Helsinki. 

The first of the charts describes the share of electric cars registered in Helsinki out of all cars registered in Helsinki. At the end of March 2024, the share was approximately 18 percent. The second chart shows the number of cars registered in Helsinki by power, i.e. the number of electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars, diesel cars, gasoline cars and others. The third diagram describes the shares of cars according to driving force. The majority of cars, around 81%, are either petrol or diesel cars.