The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) wishes to loosen the standards related to the number of parking spaces and direct the costs to be paid by their users. Helsinki City Council granted a loan guarantee to the underground parking space in Jätkäsaari at its meeting on Monday. The costs of the parking space are to be paid by the residents in the housing cooperatives which use it – including those who do not purchase parking spaces.
"The costs of parking spaces should be removed from the cost of housing. We do not demand a car-free Jätkäsaari but the plan should not oblige housing cooperatives to construct too many parking spaces and the costs should be targeted to their actual users", says Chair of HYY Board Lauri Koskentausta. 54 % of households in Helsinki do not have a car.
HYY points out that the City of Helsinki has in its implementation programme for land use and housing, which was approved in the autumn of 2012, committed itself to zone and construct car-free residential sites and sites with fewer cars close to good public transport links and to target the costs of parking spaces more to their users. In the City Council's decision on Monday, the city therefore acted against its own principles. HYY insists that the city should better take into account its own principles in the future, including Jätkäsaari and Kalasatama.
A good example of car-free construction is the residential buildings of Hoas in Jätkäsaari. "The example of Hoas shows that being carless is possible and the city could make exceptions to the parking space standards. We hope that others would learn from the example of the Hoas buildings in Jätkäsaari", says Lauri Koskentausta.
HYY wants to see the city which is more based on functioning public transport and where streets have room for people and more lively urban culture instead of cars. "We believe that this will be the dream of more and more residents of Helsinki in the future. An example of this is the flourishing of Kallio district, for example: a compact neighbourhood with very little space for cars has become a popular place to live also for families and it has lively urban culture stemming from the residents' own wishes", ponders Koskentausta.
Lauri Koskentausta, Chair of the Board
Katri Korolainen, Secretary General
More information: Marko Rosenholm, 050 5950329, marko.rosenholm(at)hyy.fi