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City Bikes. Photo: HSL

Bike-share programme to expand in 2017

The Helsinki bike-share network – the Helsinki city bikes – will be three times larger in the spring of 2017 compared with the 2016 programme: the system will reopen in the spring with 1,500 bikes and 150 docking stations.

The Helsinki City Planning Department has announced the locations of the new docking stations. From 2 May onwards, the bikes will serve Helsinki from the inner city all the way to Munkkiniemi, Pasila and Kumpula.

The expansion of the bike-share programme will further improve the service of the overall Helsinki public transport system, when more bikes are available for the first and last legs of journeys: the Helsinki bike-share programme is closely integrated with the public transport system, promoting sustainable mobility in the city.

Helsinki residents were invited in late summer 2016 to comment online on a draft for the bike-share programme’s expansion. Responses were received from more than 1,300 people through the online service Kerrokantasi (“tell us your view”). New docking stations to be established on the basis of the feedback and a preliminary plan include one close to Hernesaari. See the locations of the planned new stations on the map!

Registration for the new bike-share season begins in April 2017. Once the stations are in service, the information on station locations and bike availability is available in real time in Helsinki Region Transport’s new Journey Planner. The new Journey Planner can already be studied at beta.reittiopas.fi.

The bike-share programme is maintained by Helsinki City Transport, and the service is provided by CityBike Finland. Advertising sales are handled by Clear Channel, and the main programme partner is HOK-Elanto. The station location planning has been carried out by the Helsinki City Planning Department. Helsinki Region Transport maintains the programme website and the bike-share functions of the Journey Planner, as well as handling the marketing.

Read more about the Helsinki city bikes bike-share programme: hsl.fi/en/citybikes.

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