VeloFinland programme

This programme version has only sessions in English. Check here for sessions in both Finnish and English.


Friday October 4 th

8.30 Coffee & Registeration (location: A-Grid, lobby)

9.00 Our Cycling Language Matters (A-Grid, Jeti)

  • Key Note: Marco te Brommelstroet, Amsterdamin yliopisto: Our Cycling Language Matters
  • Olli Isotalo, City of Espoo: Welcome to Espoo
  • Janne Takala, Finnish Cyclists’ Federation: Welcome to VeloFinland
  • Tuire Valkonen, Ministry of Transport and Communications

10.10 Brake


10.30 Workshop: 1-way cycling paths in Espoo – possibilities and threats? (Mordor)

  • Kristiina Kartimo, Heini Peltonen, Salla Hänninen ja Tarja Pennanen, City of Espoo


11.50 Lunch


12.50 Excursion: Tapiola’s new cycling traffic solutions and new parking facilities. On this trip you’ll also see Eco-Counter traffic counting site. (Starts from front of the main doors of A-Grid)

  • Miikka Hakari, City of Espoo
  • Reijo Onikki, Finn-Raj Oy


14.10 Coffee Brake


Parallel session 1: 14.40 How to Combine the New Mobility Solutions and Livable City? (Mordor)

  • Aki Laiho & Kimmo Hanhinen, Rolan Ltd

Parallel session 2: 14.40 Excursion: New Leppävaara Tunnel and Regional Visual Image of Cycling (Starts from front of the main doors of A-Grid)

  • Kristina Rocha, City of Espoo & Riikka Kallio, WSP Finland Oy


16.30-18.00 Easy Ride on Espoo Seaside Route (Starts from front of the main doors of A-Grid)

  • Guided by Petri Vainio & other cyclists’ of Espoo


19.00-21.00 Pecha Kucha: Ride Espoo, Ride! (Pub Sheclock, Pohjantie 3, Espoo)

Part of the session is in Finnish.

  • Minna Koukkula, SitoWise Oy: 2 autoa -> 1 auto + 5 pyörää
  • Emil Törnsten, Svenska Cykelstäder: Hardware, software and orgware for increasing cycling in Sweden
  • Martti Tulenheimo, Pyöräliitto ry: A recipe for a successful cycling day in early childhood education
  • Mari Päätalo, Sally Londesborough, Valpastin Oy: Työpaikan yhteiskäyttöpyörät mahdollistavat arkipyöräilyn osana matkaketjua
  • Merja Kajava, Aavista Oy: City Bikes and Open Data – Findings from Helsinki Metropolitan Area and Turku
  • Joonas Kahiluoto, Finnish Environment Institute: Electric bike as a mobile measurement platform
  • Olli Urpela, Pintaliitodesign: “Eiku tulin fillarilla” – pyörällä liike-elämässä
  • Niklas Aalto-Setälä, Sweco: Bicycle parking – Do’s and Don’ts


Saturday October 5th

8.30 Coffee & Registeration (location: A-Grid, lobby)

9.00 Build It and They’ll Come (A-Grid, Jeti)

  • Morten I. Kerr, Municipality of Oslo: When in doubt, put up a sign
  • Emilia Sternberg, Cykelfrämjandet: How we improved Sweden’s unique municipal cycle-policy benchmarking study by asking cyclists
  • Flora Delhomme, Province of Utrecht: Bike Happiness: Construction and Application of an Attractiveness Index
  • Martti Tulenheimo, Pyöräliitto ry: Cycling Superhighways: Challenges and potentials seen from an advocacy point of View in Finland

10.20 Brake

10.40 How to Get Everybody to Ride? (Jeti)

  • Angela van der Kloof, Mobycon: Streets as facilitators for an independent and active lifestyle
  • Emma Marjamäki ja Päivi Sieppi, Lahden kaupunki: Kestävää liikkumista kouluihin Lahti liikkeessä -kiertueella (in Finnish) Canceled
  • Johan Heichelmann, Trafik i Børnehøjde (Traffic in the Eye Level of Children): Students as traffic experts
  • Let’s Ride! – Maahanmuuttajat pyörille -dicussion. Sami Viitanen, Irene Vélez Salas ja Iman Dalilhush. Hosted by Federico Ferrara, Finnish Cyclists’ Federation.

10.40 Excursion: West Metro Stations and Cycling Parking (Starts from front of the main doors of A-Grid)

  • Satu Linkola, Länsimetro Oy & Salla Karvinen, City of Espoo


12.00 Lunch


13.00 Round Table Discussion: How to Increase Bicycle Tourism in Finland? (Mordor)

  • Matti Koistinen, Finnish Cyclists’ Federation: Results of the Bicycle Tourism Survey 2019
  • Minna Takala, Tawast Cycling Club

13.00 Round Table Discussion: What EU has to do with cycling and what you can do for EU’s cycling? (Upstair’s Lobby)

  • Lars Strömgen, European Cyclists’ Federation & Cykelfrämjandet


14.00 Coffee Brake


14.30 – 15.50 Only sessions in Finnish

15.50 Closing Ceremony & Annoucment of the Host City of VeloFinland 2020 (Jeti)

  • Matti Koistinen, Finnish Cyclists’ Federation


16.30-19.00 Test Ride Session of Special Bicycles at Tavarapyörä-asiantuntija (Tavarapyörä-asiantuntija, Sinimäentie 14, Espoo)

  • Testride different cargo, folding and kids bikes from the extensive selection of Tavarapyörä-asiantuntija. Also some snacks and refresments available.


19.00-22.00 Evening Party (Restaurant Sandro Tapioala, Tuulikinsilta 5, Espoo)

  • Marrakech Madness Feast -buffet, 26,90 €



Picks from the Programme

Marco te Brommelstroet

Associate Proffessor in Urban Planning, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Our Cycling Language Matters

Who can dislike the weather sensor on traffic lights that give cyclists extra green time during rain? What could possibly be wrong with the ideal Dutch separated cycling infrastructure? The professional language that we use to understand mobility is not only a mirror of reality. It also profoundly shapes this reality in the first place. To properly discuss the pro’s and cons of mobility interventions, and of cycling policies, and to fully grasp the potential perversities of seemingly good ideas, we need to dig deep to the underlying metaphors and images that we implicitly use. And if we dig deep, we might even find alternatives that work better!

A short journey that connects the worlds of the homo economicus, the washing machine, a flock of geese and a swarm of starlings. To challenge our thinking, and sharpen our collective minds for the challenges ahead.

Emilia Sternberg

Project Manager, Cykelfrämjandet, Sweden

How we improved Sweden’s unique municipal cycle-policy benchmarking study by asking cyclists

The presentation provides some tools and inspiration for different methods of benchmarking cities and the importance of holistic perspectives in cycling policy and urban planning for cycling. It will also cover what makes a great cycling municipality, from both a municipal policy perspective, as well as a cyclists’ perspective, and which cities rank the highest in Sweden in our latest benchmarking studies.

Morten Kerr

Municipality of Oslo, Agency of Urban Environment, Norway

When in doubt, put up a sign

Bike route signage in most countries leaves a lot to be desired in terms of consistency, readability, visibility and overall useful information to the cyclists – both within cities and on the road. The Oslo project will show “best practices”.

Angela van der Kloof

Sustainable Mobility Consult, Mobycon, The Netherlands

Streets as facilitators for an independent and active lifestyle

The process of building an active lifestyle starts from home, then develops close by home, and gradually expands the area of the child to roam around freely. Attention will be paid to parenting styles and the contribution that children’s independent mobility provides to the well-being of children and parents.







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