LIKES – Bike to School! Active School Travel tour

Date and time:
Tuesday 28 April 2020, 13.00–15.00
Wednesday 29 April 2020, 13.00–15.00
Thursday 30 April 2020, 10.00–12.00
Transportation: departure from the conference venue on City Bikes (organised by the tour host)
Capacity: 30 participants
Tour organiser: LIKES Research Centre for Physical Activity and Health, Schools on the Move programme, City of Helsinki and Helsinki Region Transport
Other information: there will be approximately 5 km of biking during this tour

Children with bikes
Photographer: Mika Peltomaa

Helsinki City Strategy highlights the promotion of physical activity as a spearhead project for Council term 2017–2021. Over the next three years, approximately 60 actions will make physical activity a visible part of the everyday lives of residents.

One of the main objectives is increasing the proportion of journeys made by bicycle from 10 to 15 percent by 2020. The capacities of different age groups for active mobility and physical activity will be improved. This entails raising awareness, providing training and guidance, and improving the accessibility of the environment and services as well as traffic safety. By the end of 2021, 3,000 new bicycle stands will be installed along public streets and 75 kilometres of the target inner-city cycling route network and Baana network will be built.

Learn more on the Helsinki Liikkuu website (in Finnish and Swedish)

Schools on the Move is a nationwide programme that promotes active school environment during the whole school day. The program started as a pilot of 45 schools in 2010 and has now spread nationwide, covering over 2,000 schools. Schools on the Move was a strategic key program of the Finnish Government 2015–2018.

Learn more on the Schools on the Move website

Active School Transportation in Finland is very popular in worldwide comparison. Around 60% of all students commute to school by cycling or walking.

This tour is organised in collaboration with the Schools on the Move program, City of Helsinki and Helsinki Region Transport

Tour programme

  • Introduction to promotion of active commuting to school, biking infrastructure and bike-related activities and services, such as bike lanes and workshops
  • Visiting Pasila district schools as well as Käpylä and Yhtenäiskoulu elementary schools