Cycling in Oulu wins annual sustainable transport prize (Finland)

By News Editor / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The Finnish national Fit For Life Programme has awarded the municipality of Oulu with the 2010 annual Sustainable Transport Act prize. Oulu was awarded the prize for its long-spanning and determined development of a cycling-friendly community.
The Finnish national Fit For Life Programme has awarded the municipality of Oulu with the 2010 annual Sustainable Transport Act prize. Oulu was awarded the prize for its long-spanning and determined development of a cycling-friendly community.

Oulu deserves the name Cycling Town since the municipality has been developing its cycling networks since the early 1960's. Today Oulu has more than 600 km of walking and cycling routes which are treated equally with other transport modes at all levels of town planning including street planning, construction and maintenance.

The modal share of cycling in Oulu is 21%, the highest within Finland. Cycling safety is taken into account in all transport planning and winter maintenance of cycling routes has the same priority as other major roads. Thus cycling in Oulu is a year-round activity. In addition, the municipality of Oulu produced comprehensive cycling maps which are updated every second year and can be found free of charge from all municipality service points and on the internet.

The Fit for Life Program (KKI in Finnish) inspires adults over the age of 40 to include physical activity in their daily routines. The program creates physical activity services that are easily available and that appeal to the middle-aged and senior population. The program finances more than 700 local projects using money from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.

Source and more information: http://www.kki.likes.fi (Finnish)
Country: 
Finland
Topic: 
Walking and cycling