Park(ing) day atmosphere
Park(ing) day is an international day in which parking spaces are transformed and used for non-parking purposes. Together with Yhteismaa – Common Ground ry, we organised Park(ing) day in Helsinki too in autumn 2012 and 2013 with the theme “Imagine life without cars”.
Both Park(ing) days were held in the centre of Helsinki and the City of Helsinki’s Public Works Department handed over twenty parking spaces on Esplanadi to be used for the event between 2pm and 9pm. The parking spaces were transformed to act as the stage for various campaigns thought up by the citizens and cooperation bodies.
The aim was to awaken residents’ imaginations to the opportunities a car-free space in the centre of the city could bring. The parking spaces hosted dancing, various forms of arts, opportunities to talk to the city authorities, reading of bedtime stories, remote working, and enjoying dinner.
The Climateinfo parking space offered its visitors the chance to share their opinions and visions of a car-free city. A desk filled with toy cars to represent the areas taken by parking spaces had by the end of the day emptied of cars and filled with many beautiful thoughts and ideas.
The next year the toy cars were left out, replaced by the Transport crank game. In Transport crank participants competed to see who could travel the furthest with the same amount of energy.
See our video on the exciting activities of Park(ing) Day 2012!
Give Your Car a Day Off
Car Free Day is a part of European Mobility Week, which is held every year at the end of September. During the week people are encouraged to pay attention to the societal and environmental impacts of their transportation choices. Climateinfo was involved in organising the Car Free Day events in 2012 and 2013.
HSL and Climateinfo have organised the big public transport adventure for two years in the Helsinki Metropolitan Region.
The public transport adventure involved visiting places which are not normally open to the public, or which featured specially organised programmes in honour of the day, with prize draws for participants. All the places were easily accessible by public transport.
Cars not being used were also decorated in honour of Car Free Day, when Climateinfo organised a Facebook photo competition in 2012. With the competition we highlighted the car-free theme, and encouraged people to take pictures of their cars taking the day off.