STRATEGIC GOAL 3
The living environment in Tallinn supports people's good health. Exercising and spending time outdoors is pleasant irrespective of the weather. Most people use fast and accessible public transport, walking or cycling to get around in Tallinn. Mobility has become a user-friendly service that makes it possible to combine different forms of mobility conveniently and economically. Attractive public transport vehicles and weather-proof bus and tram shelters are a natural part of the urban space. Schoolchildren and the elderly, wheelchair users and people with prams or guide dogs can all move without assistance in Tallinn. There are also fast public transport connections in the urban region and people use them more and more. There is considerably less car traffic, it causes less pollution, is calm and free of traffic jams.
The environment of Tallinn supports the good mental and physical health of its citizens. It is possible to lead an active life and eat healthy in Tallinn; people's lives are not ruled by alcohol, tobacco and other addictive substances. The working and private lives of the residents of Tallinn are balanced and the time spent with their families and friends is valued. The number of deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and malignant tumours has decreased. Citizens of all ages enjoy spending their free time outdoors and being active. A pleasant urban space, the possibility to recharge your batteries in nature, communities doing things together, better health awareness and active mobility opportunities help reduce stress and depression and prevent obesity. The foundation of good health behaviour is laid by good exercise and healthy habits acquired during childhood. The number of accidents decreases every year.
Healthy life expectancy: women – 63, men – 62
2018: 58.4 women, 57.4 men
Mobility service at a new level
Mobility is at a new level in Tallinn as well as in the entire urban region. The good mobility service offered allows most citizens to get around easily without a car. Urban traffic is calm and safe, there are fewer traffic jams and less noise in the streets. Fast tram connections are supported by buses, bike sharing, short-term vehicle rental and ride sharing. The city is a global pioneer in the implementation of self-driving technology, integrating it into a complete mobility system. The use of various means of mobility is fast, affordable, comfortable, reliable and environmentally sustainable. The majority of the housing and jobs in the urban region lay in the service area of good public transport, where stops are at most 400 metres away and people don't have to wait long for vehicles to arrive.
Life in fresh air
The urban space of Tallinn favours active forms of mobility. A clean, noise free and pollution free city environment supports a mobile lifestyle. The living environment in the city has been designed so that nurseries, schools, shops and leisure facilities are within walking distance for citizens. Tallinners prefer moving around the city year-round. Active mobility is supported by the street space, secure bicycle parking and the green network connecting the entire city. City streets, public transport, cycle lanes, health trails, squares and parks are safe and attractive. People can move and exercise near their homes or workplaces – e.g. at the local school, sports field, sports club or city space.
City accessible to everyone
The city environment is suitable for everyone, including those who move around with mobility aids and prams, children and the elderly. Tallinn proceeds from universal design in all developments and reconstruction. Public buildings, housing and workplaces are accessible to everyone and using pavements, intersections and public transport stops is easy for everyone. Streets and parks hold enough benches with back rests and shelters that can be accessed by wheelchair or with prams and where people can also work remotely. In addition to the physical space, the virtual space, i.e. the information systems and services that are provided electronically, will also be designed accessible to everyone.
90% of residents will have a public transport stop within a 400 metre radius of their homes