On Saturday and Sunday, 4-5 September, Tallinn celebrates the beginning of the Green Mobility Month and holds an event “Green Journey in the Heart of the City”, which will take place on Estonia puiestee and Tammsaare Park to raise awareness about green mobility and encourage sustainable means of transport.
According to Kalle Klandorf, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, environmentally conscious attitudes are crucial in Tallinn's urban development. "The Mobility Month provides a lot of inspiration on how to live in a more environmentally friendly city and make greener choices. The opening event "Green Journey in the Heart of the City" pays attention to the appreciation of urban environment and promotes healthy ways of mobility," added Klandorf.
The event will create a space conducive to sustainable mobility on Estonia puiestee, which is safe and inviting for both children and adults. The event also introduces the benefits of environmentally friendly modes of transport to encourage people to reduce car travel, prefer walking and cycling, and use emission-free transportation.
“Green Journey in the Heart of the City” on September 4 and 5 is the opening event of the Green Mobility Month and European Mobility Week, which will be held in the heart of the city near Tammsaare Park. From 12.00 on both days, there will be quick courses for electric scooters, different outdoor attractions, an organic food truck, and free maintenance for bicycles in the bike repair tent.
A bicycle tour will start on Saturday at 13.00 from Tammsaare Park to introduce the new bicycle paths completed this year. Those interested are asked to register in advance. Another bicycle tour, starting on Saturday at 14.00, is led by the architecture historian Mihkel Karu and takes cyclists to the Tatari, Sibulaküla, Maakri, Veerenni settlements to the Raua St. fire brigade. Those interested are asked to register in advance.
In connection with the event, the section of the street between Estonia puiestee 5 and the Kaubamaja intersection is closed to traffic from midnight on 4 September until 23.59 on 5 September. Due to the closure of the street section, the lines of trolleys 1 and 3 and buses 15, 18, 18A, 20, 20A, 23, 31, 40, 42, 46, 48, 56, 67 and 68 will also change temporarily.
Bus line No. 3 towards Veerenni is rerouted via A.Laikmaa, Rävala and Lembitu streets, Estonia stop is skipped;
Bus line No. 15 towards Sõjamäe is rerouted via A.Laikmaa and Rävala, and towards Viru Keskus via Rävala and A.Laikmaa streets, Estonia stop is skipped in both directions;
Bus lines No. 18 and 18A, 20A and 40 towards Viru Keskus and bus line No. 20 towards the Passenger Port D-terminal are rerouted via Estonia puiestee, Teatri väljak, Rävala and A.Laikmaa streets, Estonia stop is temporarily at Teatri väljak;
Bus line No. 23 towards Bussijaam is rerouted via Estonia puiestee, Teatri väljak, Rävala and Lembitu streets, Estonia stop is temporarily at Teatri väljak;
Bus line No. 31 towards Estonia is rerouted via A.Laikmaa, Rävala, Teatri väljak and Estonia puiestee;
Bus line No. 67 towards Seli and No. 68 towards Priisle are rerouted via Teatri väljak, Estonia puiestee, Teatri väljak, Rävala, A.Laikmaa and Gonsiori streets;
Bus line No. 42 in both directions is rerouted via Estonia puiestee, Teatri väljak, Rävala street and Teatri väljak; Estonia stop is temporarily at Teatri väljak and Kaubaja stop is skipped;
Trolley lines No. 1 and 3 are rerouted via Estonia puiestee, Teatri väljak and Estonia puiestee, the final stop is temporarily at the Estonia stop and the stops between Estonia and Kaubamaja are missed;
The rerouted bus and trolley lines run on free schedule.
The aim of the Green Mobility Month (est) is to increase people's environmental and traffic awareness and to choose alternatives to car travel, such as walking, cycling, using public transport, etc., in order to reduce CO2 emissions from transport.
European Mobility Week, dedicated to sustainable mobility, has been organized since 2002. European Mobility Week is a good opportunity to launch a range of activities and events that represent the views of both local authorities and various associations, and to make current transport policy more environmentally friendly.
Tallinn is one of the four finalists of the 2023 European Green Capital Competition. The city has set itself the goal of carrying out a green revolution in all areas to create a green city with a better environment and urban space.