VeloFinland 2016 – info in English

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Finnish Cyclists’ Federation and City of Helsinki welcome all cycling advocates and professionals to meet up at the hottest event of the year in Northern Europe! Come to hear inspiring speakers, meet fellow advocates and enjoy parties in the capital between East and West. VeloFinland 2016 will offer you all the best bites of the cycling in the Nordics. There will be extensive program in both English and Finnish.


Registration and fees

Registration by September 23rd 2016 at
Regular ticket: 60€
ECF members: 45 €
Students, Finnish Cyclists’ Federation members: 30€

Fee includes program from Friday evening to Sunday, coffee & snacks and ticket to Saturday night party.


Program in English, Friday September 30th

Venue: Laituri, Narikka -square

10:00-19:00 Bicycle traffic in Helsinki -exhibition


Venue: Bar Dubrovnik, Eerikinkatu 11

21:00 Get Together


Program in English, Saturday October 1st


Venue: City of Helsinki City Planning Department’s auditorium, Kansakoulukatu 3

8:30 Registration starts


9;00-11:00 Lessons from the Best

VeloFinland 2016 opening
Klaus Bondam, Danish Cyclists’ Federation
Reetta Keisanen, City of Helsinki: Bicycle Traffic in Helsinki
Herbert Tiemens, The Dutch Cycling Embassy
Discussion: How to make Finland better for cyclists? (in English)

11:00-12:30 Lunch and a possibility to visit  Bicycle traffic in Helsinki -exhibition at Laituri


12:30-14:00 Winter and Promotion of Cycling
Lobby of the Auditorium

Pekka Tahkola (Navico Oy): Winter Cycling: The Best & the Worst
Tõnis Savi (Tallinn Bicycle Week), Klaus Bondam (Cyklistforbundet) and Tero Rantaruikka (Suit Cycling Day): Events That Change the Cycling Culture
Emilia Lajunen & Kare Eskola: Emilia Lajunen Bike Tour: Case of Cycling as a Brand Tool

14:00-14:45 Coffee


14:45-15:30 Rise of Bicycle in Urban Planning

Reetta Putkonen: Traffic in a Growing City
Anthony Desnick (Alta Planning + Design, Minneapolis): Advancing Cycling in the Urban Landscape


15:30-17:30 Bike trips
All bike trips leave from Narinkkatori

Reetta Keisanen, City of Helsinki: InstaCycle
TBA: City Bike Tour




The Bad Ass Brass Band (photo: Tero Ahonen)

20:00 VeloFest – the epic bike party!
Kulttuuriareena Gloria (map)
Bad Ass Brass Band
Rauhatäti & Mc Pyhä Lehmä & Heidi
Concreatives: Yarn your bike -workshop
Food vendors
+ much more!

Free admission with VeloFinland tickets.



Keynote speakers

Klaus Bondam, Direktør i Cyklistforbundet

Klaus Bondam

Klaus Bondam, Danish Cyclists’ Federation

Klaus Bondam has been the director of Danish Cyclists’ Federation since February 2014. He is leading the non-governmental organization for promoting bicycle use and safety in Denmark. Klaus Bondam is newly-appointed member of the steering board of World Cycling Alliance and is also member of the executive board of the Danish Road Safety Council. In his work Klaus focuses on traffic safety, accessibility and comfort for everyday cyclists for the benefit of public health and the environment. He works to ensure that cycling is considered an equal means of transportation through greater intermodality. 



Herbert Tiemens, The Dutch Cycling Embassy

Kuva: Andre Pettinga

Herbert Tiemens. Photo: Andre Pettinga

Herbert Tiemens has been working for the last 25 years to make cycling better in the Netherlands. Currently he works for the Province of Utrecht. He’s also very active member of the Dutch Cycling Embassy and is one the most popular speakers of the cycling conferences all over the World. In VeloFinland 2016 he will tell his personal story of being both traffic planner and cycling advocate in a region one could call cyclists’ paradise.





Reetta Keisanen, City of Helsinki

Reetta Keisanen.

Reetta Keisanen

Reetta Keisanen works as cycling co-ordinator for City of Helsinki. She is part of 3-person City Planning Deparment’s Cycling Office. The Cycling Office has made new guidelines for planning cycling infrastructure in Finland and a plan for 130 kilometers of new Cycle Super Highways in Helsinki. In VeloFinland Reetta Keisanen will be giving a presentation about the guidelines and other ways in which the City of Helsinki promotes cycling.





Anthony Desnick, Senior Design Associate, Alta Planning + Design


Anthony Desnick

Cities all over the United States have begun to think seriously about creating an environment that is friendly to cyclists and pedestrians. The results make it easier, more convenient, more fun, and healthier to move around our cities. Why? More and more cities are competing for young workers to boost the tax base. Millennials are choosing to live in cities in part because of how livable they are. The presentation will make a case for how city planning has a strong economic impact on the community. For smaller cities, this is even more critical as other “attractions” don’t exist to the extend they do in the larger cities. Other justification are three-fold: environmental impacts, health impacts and business impacts.








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