Tallinn University has more than 800 staff members and almost 8,000 students. The buildings also accommodate continuing education courses, seminars and international events, with an estimated annual visitor count of more than 20,000 people. For a city like Tallinn, this is a large number of visitors, affecting the urban environment, energy consumption in transport, emissions, and the health and productivity of the visitors themselves and other city residents.
Tallinn University, having joined the Green Academic Footprint initiative of the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe, has committed to integrating the principles of sustainable development into its everyday activities. A major aspect of the commitment is encouraging the staff and students to use more sustainable modes of transport and to improve the accessibility of the campus. Several countries' positive experience suggests that an institution- and location-specific mobility plan can be considered an effective tool for influencing mobility behaviour. A prerequisite for compiling a mobility plan is the conduct of a site-specific mapping and analysis of the current situation (mobility survey), which identified the current pattern of movements, mobility statistics, the mobility needs of Tallinn University staff and students and the level of readiness to change mobility habits. The main visualisations of the analysis results are available through the web application at http://www.hendrikson.ee/maps/TLU/index.html.
The aim of the mobility plan is to develop physical and organisational measures for more sustainable and streamlined mobility management and to reduce the need for using private cars, thereby reducing the associated energy consumption and environmental impact.
The work was carried out by a working group formed by Hendrikson & Ko:
Merlin Rehema – project manager, mobility expert, compiler of the report
Jaanus Padrik – cartographer-geoinformatics specialist