Kulkuri, ambassador of sustainable mobility

Kulkuri, ambassador of sustainable mobility is part of the City of Helsinki’s environmental education activities. The aim of Kulkuri activities for 1st and 2nd grade pupils is to increase children's knowledge of the effects of mobility and traffic on the environment and their own health in a fun and activity-filled way. Kulkuri visits the comprehensive schools of Helsinki in spring and autumn.
Kulkuri visited Vuoniitty school in 2022. Photo: Petri Luiskari
Kulkuri visited Vuoniitty school in 2022. Photo: Petri Luiskari

Environmental education concerning traffic in Helsinki 

Children and young people concerned about climate change often want to influence and act for the benefit of the environment and the climate. 

We organise fun and activity-filled workshops that focus on environmental education concerning traffic. In the workshops, we activate schoolchildren with a positive approach to thinking and acting in a climate and environmentally responsible manner in their transport choices. We also aim to have a wider impact on the transport habits of the whole family.

School and hobby travel

School and hobby travel is important not only from the point of view of the environment, but also from the point of view of the health of children and young people. The recommended amount of physical activity for children is 1–2 hours a day, but only about one third of comprehensive school-age children are sufficiently active. 

There are four good reasons to encourage children and young people to travel from place to place using muscle power

  1. Walking, cycling, and scooter riding, for example, help you stay healthy 
  2. Exercise stimulates the mind and helps focus 
  3. Fitness improves and so does stamina 
  4. Emissions are reduced!

Kulkuri’s visits for 1st and 2nd graders

Kulkuri's teaching session consists of a Cycling Skill Course and Smart Mover’s Orienteering. The goal of the Cycling Skill Course is to learn the important skills and rules of cycling together, without forgetting the fun. Through Smart Mover’s Orienteering, pupils get to consider different modes of transport and their effects on the environment, among other things.  

The total duration of the teaching session is 45 minutes.  

For teachers and educators

Here you will find materials for the Kulkuri, ambassador of sustainable mobility activities for free use by teachers and educators.

Colouring pictures (pdf)

Fun colouring pictures with themes of sustainable mobility.

Tips for moving sustainably

Sustainable mobility is wonderful when you really understand it. Below are some easy tips on how to make sustainable mobility choices in your everyday life.

It is a good idea to choose the mode of transport to the destination according to the situation, taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of the alternatives. The decisive factors may be, for example, the distance of the journey, weather conditions and the need to transport goods and people. Walking and cycling are environmentally friendly and health-promoting mobility choices. Did you know that in the city, for short distances, the bicycle is also the fastest way to travel? 

It is not always a good idea to complete the entire journey with one mode of transport. Instead, you can combine walking, cycling or public transport. By leaving your car at a park and ride car park, you avoid traffic jams in the city and the need to hunt for a parking space. Combining cycling and walking during a trip adds important daily exercise to the day. 

If you need to use your own car to get around, it is a good idea to offer a ride to other people going in the same destination at the same time. Parents' time is saved when children are transported over a longer distance for their hobbies by carpooling. You can also offer a ride for longer distances in different carpooling groups on social media. 

It is a good idea to plan your own and your family's travel in such a way that you try to combine several tasks that require travelling by car on the same route. For example, it is better to drop by the store or gym when heading home from work or school, rather than leaving from home by car again in the evening. 

Smart movers may also choose not to make a trip and take advantage of remote work opportunities and remote meetings, for example! 

Contact Kulkuri

The activities of Kulkuri, ambassador of sustainable mobility, are organised by the City of Helsinki’s Environmental Services. Would you like Kulkuri to visit your school? 

Ask for more information:
Kirsikka Nevalainen 
environmental expert 
kirsikka.nevalainen@hel.fi (Link opens default mail program) 
tel. 09 310 23 835