Digital Geography Lab has published the 2018 version of the Helsinki Region Travel Time Matrix. The matrix contains travel times and distances between all 250 meter grid squares in the capital region of Finland, with public transportation, car, bike and walking, at different times of the day.
The previous versions of the matrix have been published in 2013 and 2015, allowing analyses of travel time changes due to big infrastructure projects in the region. Biking is included in the matrix for the first time. The data is available openly, alongside with the tools that were used to produce it.
Comparisons between different travel modes and years reveal interesting patterns in the accessibility of the Helsinki region. The most accessible grid squares have moved northwards from the city center. Still, the central area of the city is the best reachable by public transportation, while the ring roads in the outskirts of the city are well-reachable by the car-driving population. Biking is a competitive mode of transportation and beats other modes of transport in distances shorter than 5 km, a bit depending on the place and naturally the speed of the biker. The Travel Time Matrix provides biking travel times for fast and slow bikers. The speeds have been estimated based on Strava sports application, as well as city bike system of Helsinki.
The big infrastructure changes like the opening of a new metroline (Länsimetro) has had moderate impact on the accessibility of the region. The travel times have become shorter on average in Lauttasaari and Otaniemi, and longer in parts of Espoo.
Download the data from here.
The most accessible grid squares in the Helsinki region with car and public transportation in 2018.
A comparison of the changes in the most accessible areas between the years 2013 and 2018
Comparison of biking (fast) and public transportation travel times to the central railway station of Helsinki from the Greater Helsinki Region. In the red areas biking is faster mode of transportation compared to public transportation.
Comparison of biking (slow) and public transportation travel times to the central railway station of Helsinki from the Greater Helsinki Region. In the red areas biking is faster mode of transportation compared to public transportation.
Comparison of biking (fast) and car travel times to the central railway station of Helsinki from the Greater Helsinki Region. In the red areas biking is faster mode of transportation compared to car.
Comparison of biking (slow) and car travel times to the central railway station of Helsinki from the Greater Helsinki Region. In the red areas biking is faster mode of transportation compared to car.
Car is a fast transport mode at the Greater Helsinki Region. Only in red areas public transportation is faster, when travelling to the Helsinki city center.
In our new joint article with Aalto University (Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics) we examine access to aquatic environments from the environmental justice perspective. Participation GIS (PPGIS) method was used to provide multifaceted knowledge on the person-based accessibility patterns related to aquatic environments. Our accessibility tools were used to model the accessibility to water areas with different travel modes.
Article was published in Landscape and Urban Planning. Read the full article here:
Comparing conventional and PPGIS approaches in measuring equality of access to urban aquatic environments
In our new article we demonstrate how seasonality and direction of movement affect the navigation of vessels and spatio-temporal accessibility patterns in Western Amazonia.
Article was published in Applied Geography. Read the full article here:
Bike is the fastest travel mode for short journeys in Helsinki. Our group’s work and methods are featured in Helsingin Sanomat where we compared different travel modes to each other in terms of travel time in Helsinki Metropolitan Region.
Read the whole story here (in Finnish only): http://www.hs.fi/tiede/a1434851577009
(C). Juhani Niiranen, HS
Our article “Joukkoliikenteellä, autolla ja kävellen: Avoin saavutettavuusaineisto pääkaupunkiseudulla” (‘By public transportation, private car and walking: Open accessibility data set of Helsinki Region’) was published in Terra.
Our article also introduces a new article format ‘Data descriptions’ that is a publication for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets that aims at helping the researchers to publish, discover and reuse research data thus promoting open science.
Our work and accessibility related tools are introduced in an article that was published in City of Helsinki Urban Facts’ journal Kvartti. Journal is openly available here (in finnish/swedish).
We have two new publications available from our Publications page.
First one introduces methods (i.e. MetropAccess-Reititin tool) to calculate travel times in Helsinki Region based on public transportion schedules.
The second one introduces methods and tools to analyze travel times and speeds in Peruvian Amazonia based on our pilot Amazonia Riverboat Observation System (AROS) and Trajectory Reconstruction and Analysis Tool (TRAT) that is designed to analyse and extract information from AROS GPS-data.
We had two presentations from our group in OGRS 2014 conference dedicated to exchanging ideas on and results from development and use of open source geospatial software in both research and education.
Juha Järvi had a presentation about the MetropAccess-Reititin (i.e. Router) which is a tool designed to analyze travel times and accessibility in urban areas based on public transportation schedules.
Henrikki Tenkanen had a presentation about our accessibility research in Peruvian Amazonia. He told about the pilot observation system (AROS) that we have developed for tracking the local riverboats navigating along the Amazonian rivers and about the open source analysis tool (TRAT) that is developed to analyze the data from the observation system.
Our project leader Tuuli Toivonen was selected 29.04.2014 as new tenure track professor at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki. Tuuli will start in her new position in the autumn of 2014.