Turku is the 6th largest city in Finland. It is located in the southwest coast, at the mouth of the Aura River. The climate ranges anywhere from -30 degrees Celsius in winter to +30 degrees Celsius in summer. The city is mostly flat with some hills and a main river in the centre. The city is long and narrow, making it 50 km from the edge of the city to city hall in the North-South direction, and only 14 km in the direction East-West.
Turku is a city that has a lot of potential to progress their urban cycling. There are already all types of cyclists present in the city. Future plans include better cycling infrastructure (i.e. bike sharing system and better cycling lanes). Even though there are dedicated bicycle paths, some cyclists still ride on the sidewalk. This could be out of habit, lack of infrastructure, or an unsafe feeling from the existing infrastructure. The network of cycling paths should be consistent and continuous. In addition, winter climate in Finland can be a challenge for cycling. Therefore, snow removal from cycling lanes and sheltered bicycle parking should be in the focus area of the city’s cycling plans. Out of the three competency levels, orgware would be the first to focus on. If the city has a dedicated budget and person in charge of decisions, the other two areas would have the support to improve.
Modal split of cycling: 11%
Average length of trips made within the city: Less than 2.5km