Electric Scooters are Gaining Serious Traction in Helsinki – It’s All the Buzz!

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The City of Helsinki has agreed with the operators that the electric scooter season in Helsinki will begin on Thursday, said the city in a press release on Wednesday.

Starting from spring 2024, the parking of electric scooters and bicycles in shared use will be restricted outside the city centre of Helsinki near metro and train stations.

New restricted areas will be added to Pasila, Hakaniemi, Sörnäinen and Kalasatama, among other locations.

The changes to parking will be carried out by geofencing, i.e. with specific parking areas added to the operators’ applications. Parking will be only allowed in these areas in vicinity of stations.

“The City has received a great deal of feedback on the parking of electric scooters, and the areas near stations have been a point of contention. This is why we decided to restrict parking specifically near the metro and train stations,” said Heikki Palomäki, head of the unit at City of Helsinki.

Parking areas near the busiest stations, such as Pasila and Hakaniemi, are marked with painted parking spaces. At other stations, parking is primarily guided through the application with virtual parking areas.

The parking areas will be commissioned gradually during the season. The restrictions will first enter into force at the Pasila, Hakaniemi, Sörnäinen, Kalasatama and Herttoniemi stations.

Five operators will continue their operations in the restricted area in the City centre: Voi, Tier, Ryde, Bird and Bolt. Some parking areas in the City centre have been changed or moved based on received feedback.

The city has received positive feedback regarding the restricted area in the City centre, and the number of electric scooters in shared use in the centre decreased in summer 2023.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

14 Comments
  1. Emily Johnson says

    Will these restrictions make it more difficult for people to use electric scooters for their everyday commuting in Helsinki?

    1. Charlie Smith says

      It’s understandable that these restrictions may cause some inconvenience, but the focus here is on promoting safety and better organization. By limiting parking areas outside the city center and near stations, the aim is to improve accessibility and reduce clutter while using electric scooters for daily commutes. Hopefully, this proactive approach will lead to a smoother experience for commuters in Helsinki.

  2. EmilyWilliams says

    As a frequent commuter in Helsinki, I am thrilled about the new restrictions on the parking of electric scooters near metro and train stations. It’s about time that the city takes action to address the clutter and safety concerns caused by irresponsible parking. Looking forward to a more organized and convenient scooter-sharing experience!

  3. EmilySmith says

    It’s great to see the City of Helsinki taking steps to regulate the parking of electric scooters near metro and train stations. This will definitely help reduce clutter and ensure better accessibility for pedestrians in those areas.

  4. EmmaSmith21 says

    In my opinion, the new restrictions on parking for electric scooters near train and metro stations in Helsinki are a positive step towards managing the chaos caused by these scooters. It’s crucial to ensure that these popular devices are parked responsibly to avoid clutter and inconvenience for pedestrians. I support the City of Helsinki’s decision to implement geofencing and specific parking areas to address this issue.

  5. EmmaSmith23 says

    It’s great to see that the City of Helsinki is taking action to regulate the parking of electric scooters near metro and train stations. This will definitely help alleviate the issues that have arisen from haphazard parking. Looking forward to a more organized scooter-sharing system!

  6. AlexandraSmith says

    Electric scooters becoming more popular is great news for Helsinki! I think it’s a positive step to restrict parking near metro and train stations to control the chaos. Looking forward to a more organized scooter system in the city!

  7. EmmaSmith221 says

    As a regular commuter in Helsinki, I welcome the decision to restrict parking of electric scooters near metro and train stations. It has been chaotic before, and I believe this new geofencing approach will greatly improve the situation. Kudos to the City of Helsinki for listening to the feedback and taking action!

  8. Emily_Wheeler says

    As a frequent user of electric scooters in Helsinki, I think the new parking restrictions near metro and train stations are a great idea. It can be frustrating to see scooters cluttering the sidewalks, especially near busy areas like Pasila and Hakaniemi. By limiting parking to specified areas, it will make it easier for both riders and pedestrians to navigate the city. Kudos to the City of Helsinki for listening to feedback and taking action!

  9. EmilyJohnson says

    As a frequent commuter in Helsinki, I think this new restriction on parking electric scooters near metro and train stations is a step in the right direction. The overcrowding and chaos in those areas have been a major issue, and I believe this geofencing approach will help alleviate the problem. Kudos to the City of Helsinki for listening to the feedback and taking action!

  10. EmilyJohnson says

    Do you think the new restrictions on parking near metro and train stations will help improve the situation with electric scooters in Helsinki? Will it be effective in reducing clutter and ensuring better access for pedestrians?

    1. MaxTaylor says

      Hey EmilyJohnson, I believe the new restrictions on parking near metro and train stations will definitely make a positive impact on the situation with electric scooters in Helsinki. By restricting parking to specific areas near stations, it will help reduce clutter and ensure better access for pedestrians, making the city more organized and accessible for everyone.

  11. EmilyJohnson says

    Electric scooters are amazing! I think it’s great that Helsinki is taking steps to regulate their parking near stations. This will definitely help keep the city clean and organized. Looking forward to seeing these changes in action!

  12. Emily86 says

    Will this new geofencing system for electric scooter parking increase the availability of scooters near the stations, or will it lead to more difficulty finding one when needed?

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