The Roadmap of Commuting in Tallinn-Harju Region completed


The roadmap of commuting in Tallinn-Harju region offers a vision and measures for the development of sustainable commuting in the region. The roadmap supports the compact and human-scale development of the Tallinn-Harju region and the overall increase in the share of sustainable modes of travel.

The centre of the region covered in this document is Tallinn, where a large part of the region’s jobs and services are consolidated. The Tallinn region consists of Tallinn, together with the entirety of Harju County and Rapla and Kohila rural municipalities. The population of the region is over 620,000 people, of which about 450,000 live in Tallinn. In addition to Tallinn, there are seven cities (Kehra, Keila, Loksa, Maardu, Paldiski, Saue, Rapla), three towns (Aegviidu, Kiili, Kohila), over 40 small towns, and over 400 villages in the region. Around 50,000 people live in the region’s cities (excluding Tallinn), around 60,000 in towns and small towns, and more than 60,000 in villages

The reduced use of cars and the increased use of sustainable modes of transport establish preconditions for the densification of Tallinn and the surrounding settlements. A denser settlement improves access to necessary services, while reduced car use makes it possible to create a human-scale urban environment that improves the inhabitants’ quality of life and provides additional opportunities for recreation and socialisation.

As a general vision, the roadmap is based on the goal of making the region’s transport system (including commuting) sustainable without reducing the accessibility of jobs and services. This requires comprehensive changes in both land use and mobility planning. The use of the private car should be reduced many times over, while walking and cycling should become the main modes of travel for everyday journeys, and longer journeys should be combined with a fast and convenient public transport service. Only in this way will the Tallinn region be able to adapt to the negative pressures arising from the new climate reality and the intensification of urbanisation.

The document is broadly divided into two parts. The first part provides background information on commuting in the region and mobility in general. The second part presents a vision for the development of sustainable commuting with measures to support it.

You can find the documents both in English and in Estonian here.