The Helsinki metropolitan area celebrates bicycle riding during the Cycling Week 4–12 May. People of all ages are welcome to the week’s events, tours and informal hanging out. You don’t need to have a bicycle of your own but can join the week, for example, by renting a bicycle from the City Bike bike-sharing system.
The Cycling Week programme includes breakfast served to cyclists, guided cycling tours and opportunities to learn about the latest bicycles available on the market, special bicycles and bicycle repair.
“The purpose of the Cycling Week is to encourage as many people as possible to cycle and to enjoy our pleasant metropolitan area by cycling,” says Henni Ahvenlampi, director of the cycling society Helsinki Cyclists.
“Our goal is to bring together diverse cyclists and to inspire non-cyclists to cycle. We want to present cycling as an approachable and natural part of everybody’s life.”
The Cycling Week is coordinated by Helsinki Cyclists, and the other organizers comprise the City of Helsinki, Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) and a number of cycling enterprises and actors.
Cycling Week events in Helsinki
Saturday 4 May, 10–18: Opening at Kansalaistori in front
of Helsinki Central Library Oodi
Get started with Cycling Week! Have your picture taken, test your knowledge with a quiz, and try out an electric bike or a cargo bike.
Tuesday 7 May, 10–18: Cycle to work in Itäkeskus
Celebrate the national cycle-to-work day by accepting the day’s “kilometre challenge” and learn about the benefits of everyday physical activity at Tallinnanaukio in Itäkeskus.
Friday 10 May, 7–9: Breakfast for cyclists on Baana
Coffee and rolls for the road? Take the opportunity to have your bicycle checked by the Haagan Pyörähuolto bicycle maintenance experts at the Ruoholahti end of the Baana cycling way.
Saturday 11 May at 10:15: Cycling tour from Maunulan Maja recreational centre
This guided and easy tour welcomes everybody. Be sure to arrive with your bicycle at Metsäläntie 9 by 10:15 in the morning. Coffee and sweet rolls are served at a rest stop.
Sunday 12 May: Bicycle picnic in Helsinki
The Cycling Week closes with a Helsinki Cyclists picnic tour suitable to cyclists of all ages. Bring your own picnic food and find new friends!