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Original languageFinnish
Place of PublicationTampere
PublisherTampereen teknillinen yliopisto. Liikenteen tutkimuskeskus Verne.
Number of pages71
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-2771-5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

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NameTampereen teknillinen yliopisto. Liikenteen tutkimuskeskus Verne. Tutkimusraportti
PublisherTampereen teknillinen yliopisto
ISSN (Print)2242-3486


The conditions of cycling and walking in Finnish cities vary but also some common features can be found. This study examines the conditions of cycling and walking in eight Finnish cities which are Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Pori, Lappeenranta, Hyvinkää and Porvoo. Data was compiled from a questionnaire study examining the cycling and walking conditions in the cities. The questionnaire was executed as a part of PYKÄLÄ-project, which is a project for promoting cycling and walking carried out in Transport Research Centre Verne at Tampere University of Technology. The goal of the study was to get knowledge about the conditions of cycling and walking in Finnish cities. Since the material is mostly from the questionnaire, the study especially focuses on how the city residents experience the conditions in their cities. The results of the questionnaire also reveal how the residents feel about cycling and walking in their cities and what kind of cycling and walking habits they have. This work is based on a quantitative study. The questionnaire study that revealed the opinions of the city residents was realized as an Internet survey. The eight cities that participated in the survey are introduced shortly. The cycling and walking conditions of these cities are compared on the base of the questionnaire. The results of each city are presented and for conclusion the results are summarized. Previously published articles and other publications are also used as a source material. The results reveal that the conditions of cycling and walking in Finnish cities could be developed even though improvements have been done in previous years. The cities are going to a more cycling and walking friendly direction instead of traditional car-oriented cities. The most significant improvement would be separating cycling and walking into their own modes of transport, especially in the city centres. Some cities are more ahead in promoting walking and cycling than others. The results also reveal that cyclists and pedestrians value different things in the traffic environment. Cyclists appreciate consistency and the continuity of routes. Pedestrians on the other hand appreciate attractive and safe environment.

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