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On roads and streets
Ilona Koivisto and Tiina Tuulasvaara-Kaleva

Tampere was located at a cross-roads of old roads leading from Ostrobothnia to Hämeenlinna and from far up east all the way to Turku. The town traffic took place on horses for a long time. The factories and merchants had their own packtrains and the rich and other travellers took express coaches. In the 1910s the city boasted more than 250 registered horse cabs. Most of the trips inside the city were made on foot until the early twentieth century, regardless of whether the way was long or short.

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Private car as the means of transport for the upper echelons of society got common since the beginning of the twentieth century, resulting in frequent dangerous situations in the streets. In 1908, Tampereen Sanomat wrote: ”A horse belonging to a countryside dweller had seen a motorcar and started to back its cart, turning sideways in the street. The driver of the automobile did not stop the engine although he saw how the horse was trashing, and therefore he shall be prosecuted.”

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The real motoring escalated in the 1960s: at the beginning of the decade there were 61 cars per one thousand inhabitants, on the eve of the next decade there were already 180 of them. Attention had to be paid to the increase of cars also in the planning of the city.

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