Urban mobility

CitiCap - Citizen's cap-and-trade co-created

”Sustainable urban mobility is a key focus area of Lahti for the next years. Our aim is to find the most inspiring ways to attract more people to walk, cycle and use public transportation. Through CitiCAP we will build a completely new public incentive, the personal carbon trade (PCT), that may revolutionise the participation of citizens to climate change mitigation.”

Jyrki Myllyvirta, Mayor of Lahti
The project in numbers
120 000
inhabitants live in Lahti, making it a typical European medium-size city
reduction of CO2 emissions from 1990 level by 2030 is the strategic goal of Lahti
of total CO2 emissions is contributed by traffic sector within the city area
is currently the modal split of cyclists in Lahti
EUR 3,799,120.80
Total ERDF budget granted
Challenge addressed

The CitiCAP Project aims to change the attitude and behaviour of citizens towards mobility to promote the shift from private car use to sustainable mobility. The lack of mass-transit options in Lahti, and in many other medium-size European cities, emphasises the need to create smart mobility solutions to reduce traffic CO2 emissions. Approximately 32% of total CO2 emissions is contributed by the traffic sector within the city area of Lahti.

Today roughly 250 European cities have fostered their mobility planning using the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) process. However, the participation of citizens to integrated mobility planning and new radical SUMP incentives requires the revision of the SUMP process. CitiCAP seeks to develop new transport services for citizens while creating innovative incentives for sustainable mobility.

The project also focuses on integrating the ITS approach into the sustainable urban mobility planning. Cities produce large amounts of mobility and traffic data, which society cannot fully utilise because this data is very segregated and is normally not made available to the public. Different traffic data produced in Lahti accumulate to differential storages and data providers.

Solution proposed

The CitiCAP Project focuses on co-creating and implementing a Personal Carbon Trading (PCT) scheme for mobility to reduce traffic emissions in Lahti. This will be a first city-wide pilot of PCT ever performed within the EU. Through the PCT scheme citizens can receive benefits, such as discounted bus tickets or bicycle repair services, in exchange for smart mobility choices. In practice, the personal carbon footprint for mobility will be calculated with a new mobile application based on a transport mode detection solution.

The project seeks to build a new model for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) process by integrating the traffic and spatial master planning processes into the same co-designed entity. Strategic investments in cycling will be included into the combined planning process to increase the impacts. It will include a smart main cycle route.

One of the basic requirements of CitiCAP is to collect comprehensive data on people's mobility choices. A light and replicable mobility data platform will be created to implement PCT and to serve as a planning tool for city mobility planners as well as an open access mobility data source for innovators.

  • City of Lahti
  • Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd - Business organisation
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology LUT -  Higher Education and Research Institute
  • Lahti University of Applied Sciences LUAS - Higher Education and Research Institutes
  • MOPRIM Ltd - SME
  • Good Sign Ltd - SME
  • Infotripla Ltd - SME
  • Mattersoft Ltd - SME
  • Future Dialog Ltd - SME
Expected results

The main goals of the CitiCAP Project are to reduce traffic congestion and emissions from transport, collect and make available digital data on mobility, and develop new transport services for citizens in Lahti.

Personal Carbon Trading (PCT) trial will lead to tested policy level innovation that supports low-carbon mobility. Secondly, it will showcase the PCT scheme’s potential to increase the use of smart mobility services.

CitiCAP will create a new Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) process with special focus on traffic-spatial planning integration and PCT.

Mobility data will be provided for three main purposes: data for use of urban authorities only, data for PCT scheme use and open access mobility data. As a result of the project, other cities, companies and third parties will be able to use the solutions and the collected mobility data for their own development projects.

Main milestones

January-May 2018: Planning of open mobility data possibilities.

May 2018: Policy draft explaining different PCT models.

May 2018: Participatory process description of integrated SUMP + Master Plan.

June-July 2018: Innovation competition on smart bicycle highway solutions.

October 2018: Mobility data platform architecture established.

December 2018: Fair personal allocation of carbon reductions targets co-designed.

January 2019 - June 2020: Pilot period of the PCT scheme.

September 2019: EU Mobility Week / Lahti festival. Launch of the PCT scheme.

June 2019 - June 2020: Building phase of a smart main cycle route working as a pilot arena for smart mobility services and visible arena for PCT.

November 2020: Final conference.

The project in numbers
120 000
inhabitants live in Lahti, making it a typical European medium-size city
reduction of CO2 emissions from 1990 level by 2030 is the strategic goal of Lahti
of total CO2 emissions is contributed by traffic sector within the city area
is currently the modal split of cyclists in Lahti
EUR 3,799,120.80
Total ERDF budget granted
Contact of the project
Anna Huttunen
Project Manager
Philip Turner
UIA expert

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