Mima reports from Helsinki

Helsinki : cycling provision in new developments

This story is part of our youReport series.

You asked for some photos! I only took three when I was visiting Helsinki in August 2012. Because I grew up in Helsinki I forget to take my camera, or even my phone. I suppose the big thing you could mention is that some cyclists cycle all year round in Helsinki – even when it’s -25C and lots of snow – because it’s safe to do so.

Two photos are of a newish development linked by a network of cycle and pedestrian routes taking you across the centre of Helsinki away from trams, buses and cars. The cycle/pedestrian path in the picture was in my childhood a railway link between the east and west harbours and the railway station. The kilometres on the signs may not seem very far – but I happen to know that these in main indicate the new routes which then link up to the older routes out of the city.

Helsinki August 2012

Helsinki August 2012

And, well, the third photo! This sign was perched on the verge, against a low chain next to the market place and amused several tourists. I think the sign was trying to indicate that two bike tracks along the market place crossed each other … but that was my guess 🙂

Helsinki August 2012