The Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart met with environmentalists and city activists from the association “For Our Seaside City” this morning to explain why it is necessary to modify the design of Reidi tee.
“The idea behind constructing a new road is to avoid any
bottlenecks from the outset,” said Mihhail Kõlvart. “The design
changes are technical rather than fundamental. We are not
talking about altering the entire Reidi tee as the changes
concern only three adjacent intersections.”
The Mayor decided to make the changes based on an analysis by
TalTech scientists which indicates that the earlier version
with wider intersections allowed greater traffic
The analysis demonstrates that the narrower version could
entail a 20-30% overload at said intersections during rush
hours. “I see nothing environment-friendly in such overload. I
think it’s in everyone’s interests that vehicles arriving at
the port can leave without any delay,” said Kõlvart.
The Mayor noted that any foreseeable shortcomings in the design
should be rectified immediately to avoid adverse
consequences. “The necessity of Reidi tee is not the
issue here - it is a requisite connecting route between Pirita,
Lasnamäe, city centre and Northern Tallinn,” said the Mayor.
According to him, Tallinn needs a wider public debate on the
optimal ratio between motor vehicles and cyclists/pedestrians
in the city. “Reidi tee provides better opportunities for
bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Our growing city needs better
and smarter traffic solutions,” added Kõlvart.
The Mayor suggested that the authorities should continue
consultations with the association “For Our Seaside City”
regarding the construction of Reidi tee and the development of
urban space in general.