Speakers

 

Aaltonen Stella
City of Turku

Stella Aaltonen has an extensive work experience as a project manager of variety of sustainability topics. She is skilled in training and leading demanding projects with ambitious timetables. Currently she is coordinating Transport and Mobility actions of the city of Turku and working as Site manager for the CIVITAS ECCENTRIC project in the city of Turku.

 

Cycling conditions – improvement through co-operation and piloting

The presentation focuses on lessons learnt from carrying out pilots on improved winter maintenance route and integration of all-year round bike share system in the city of Turku. The specific focus is on process learnings and practical tips gathered during the past two years. 

 

Alphonso Adrian
Winnipeg Trail Accosiation

Adrian Alphonso has devoted his life to a journey of discovery. He is a cycling coach, professional stunt rider, technician, and a man dedicated to the outdoors.

 

A North American Indigenous Perspective on Inclusive, Long Range Transport Planning

Canada, as a country, is in the process of taking a long, deep breath. It is looking itself in the mirror and asking relevatory questions about its own history. Cultural and political norms with deep roots in Canada are being revisited in a collective pause, creating room for the exploration of even deeper ones. Winnipeg Trails, partly in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, partly in response to friendship & partly to capitalize on what is simply a good idea, decided to turn its gaze to the fundamental principles on which Winnipeg is built. Its core is an offering to young indigenous leaders to revisit transportation and recreation in whatever way they saw fit. The focus is first on the iconic Trans Canada Trail and contains a promise to revisit every toad, every value & every basic principle. Under the leadership of Janell Henry & Adrian Alphonso, Winnipeg Trails will share its plan and its focus on bringing life to Winnipeg in winter.

 

Ansio Virpi
Finnish Transport and Communications Agency

Virpi works with sustainable mobility, especially with cycling and walking. Before Traficom she worked as a consultant, where she for example worked seven years on the WalCy coordinator project for the city of Joensuu. Virpi has Master´s Degree in sports management and health promotion. Virpi has always cycled – year around of course. She is originally from Joensuu and knows places, so feel free and ask her for a bike trip around wintry and beautiful Joensuu! 

 

The meanings of winter cycling are constructed in social interaction

Winter cycling acquires different meanings in social communities (state, city, workplace). Reality is always connected to social context. This presentation briefly explains from a sociological point of view, how social reality and its facts and definitions are constructed socially in linguistic interaction through discourses.

This is followed by examples of mainstream media discourses that are related to winter cycling and giving meanings to the phenomenon from recent years. Finally, the presentation discusses how we, as promoters of cycling, can contribute to the construction of the meanings of year-round cycling. The examples include, among others, the cycling communication workshops held in Joensuu that focused on how we should communicate about cycling: what kind of reality and meanings do we want to construct for cycling each season?

 

 

Cramer Michael
Member of the European Parliament

When the Wall in Berlin came down Michael Cramer was member of the City-State Parliament of West-Berlin (from January 1989-2004) and from 2004-2019 member of the European Parliament. In both institutions Cramer has initiated the protection of the remnants of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain in Europe.

Iron Curtain Trail

For almost half a century, Europe was forcibly divided into East and West. EuroVelo 13 retraces this ‘Iron Curtain’, a border stretching from the Barents Sea to the Black Sea. Following this route for more than 9,950 km is a living history lesson but also provides a welcome reminder of the peace and reconciliation that have followed the fall of the ‘Curtain’. As the longest EuroVelo route, the Iron Curtain Trail has something to offer every type of cycle tourist, from the vineyards in southern Czechia and northern Austria to the mountainous border of Bulgaria and Greece; and from the bustling ports of the Baltic States to the stark beauty of Lapland.

 

Desnick Tony
Cycling Without Age

Tony Desnick serves on the Board of Directors of the Winter Cycling Federation. Prior to joining Cycling Without Age, we has worked in the bike share industry and consulted on the creation of a bike share manualfor local governments in Finland. In addition to his work as the Director of Development for Cycling Without Age, he operates a chapter of the organization in Minneapolis and St. Paul. His TEDx talk, “The bikes change you” as been seen by over 1 million viewers.

 

Cycling Without Age in the winter

Cycling Without Age currently operates in 42 countries. Through the simple joy of offering our elderly neighbours bike rides, we are ending social isolation and loneliness. Many of our operating units are in northern countries where cycling should no tend in the winter. Through stories in the Nordic Countries, the US and Canada, we will demonstrate how we are using the winter to our advantage. We also understand the need for effective advocacy to insure that Cycling Without Age can operate efficiently and safely.

 

Francke Angela
Technische Universität Dresden

Angela Francke graduated in transportation economics with a specialisation in transportation psychology and ecology at TU Dresden, Germany. She works as a researcher at the chair of transportation psychology with focus on mobility behaviour, cycling and road safety. Her PhD thesis was on pricing schemes in transport, to stimulate sustainable mobility behaviour. Currently, she is doing research related to GPS data in bicycle transport planning, a cyclist’s typology and winter cycling measures.

 

How can people cycle every season? – International best practices for winter cycling in cities

Cycling rates are often significantly higher in summer months than in winter but there are good reasons to convince more people to bike all year round, e.g. achieving the climate goals. There are already cities where cycling is considered a normal means of transport – not only in warm weather conditions, e.g. Oulu, Finland, is among the best winter cycling cities even under harsh conditions. We analysed previous studies that evaluated international best practices for winter cycling which show that there are several areas where cities can intervene, like public education, winter services and special equipment. Reliable winter maintenance of cycle paths and information on recommended equipment can help people feel safer cycling in cold and dark winter months. With these analyses we can find out which measures benefit subjective safety perception most, thus influence one’s behaviour to contribute to higher winter cycling rates. 

 

Henry Janell
Winnipeg Trail Accosiation

Janell Henry is an Ojibwe curator, writer & producer from Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation (MB.) Henry’s curatorial practice challenges the Indigenous/Canadian dichotomy while working from within both. Henry has worked on many projects with organizations such as Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery.

 

A North American Indigenous Perspective on Inclusive, Long Range Transport Planning

Canada, as a country, is in the process of taking a long, deep breath. It is looking itself in the mirror and asking relevatory questions about its own history. Cultural and political norms with deep roots in Canada are being revisited in a collective pause, creating room for the exploration of even deeper ones. Winnipeg Trails, partly in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action, partly in response to friendship & partly to capitalize on what is simply a good idea, decided to turn its gaze to the fundamental principles on which Winnipeg is built. Its core is an offering to young indigenous leaders to revisit transportation and recreation in whatever way they saw fit. The focus is first on the iconic Trans Canada Trail and contains a promise to revisit every toad, every value & every basic principle. Under the leadership of Janell Henry & Adrian Alphonso, Winnipeg Trails will share its plan and its focus on bringing life to Winnipeg in winter.

 

Hirvonen Matti
Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities

Matti Hirvonen is Executive Director in Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities. His main task is to offer best possible tools to cycling promoters all over Finland in different cities, municipalities, companies and NGOs. Hirvonen is involved various types of cycling promotion programs, infrastructure development projects, campaigns and marketing. Infrastructure and maintenance is important to get more people cycling year around, but so are attitudes as well, and attitudes can change.

 

4 Seasons of Cycling − Cycling Year
– Getting rid of the idea of “cycling season”

4 Seasons of Cycling − Cycling Year is a communication campaign which main target is to break the myth of so called “cycling season.” In Finland and many other countries still the mainstream message in media is, that cycling season starts at some point in spring and ends in autumn. To change this image and mindset of people, we offer an alternative, tempting and more cycling friendly way to communicate about cycling during every four seasons. From this point of you, there is just four different seasons of cycling − a cycling year.

In the core of the campaign is enjoying cycling during every season in different weather. Visual image includes four different set ups (one for each season) and easy to use templates, which are combinations of cheerful graphical elements, photos and slogans. Focus of the campaign is in social media. Cities use it in their own communication to increase cycling and to tell in a new way, what they are doing for infrastructure and maintenance year around.

 

Janssens Davy
Hasselt University

Prof. dr. Davy Janssens graduated in 2001 as Commercial Engineer in Management Informatics at Limburg University. After his graduation, he worked as a Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant at Hasselt University within the faculty of Applied Economic Sciences. In 2005 he received a Ph.D. at Hasselt University, where he is now working as a full professor. He is teaching various courses in the domain of transportation sciences. At the level of scientific research, he is a member of the Transportation Research Institute at Hasselt University, where he is the program leader in the domain of travel behavior research. His area of interest is also situated within the application domain of advanced quantitative modeling (e.g. data mining), and in activity-based transportation modeling. 

 

(cycling) routes to school (“Route2School” (R2S))

R2S is a platform being developed at Hasselt University, and valorized by a spin-off company. R2S connects in a participatory manner city councils, school boards, teachers, children and parents to improve the safety and sustainability of children at the primary and secondary schooling level. Everyone gets involved. Concretely it improves safety of children who cycle to school year-round, and it encourages children who don’t cycle yet to do so. There are two phases in R2S: Phase 1 (R2S Map) identifies how children cycle to school (which routes) and which are dangerous or challenging locations and situations for them. 

In phase 2 (R2S Education), children are taught in class how to deal with these specific locations and situations using gamification strategies. 

City councils can also use the information from R2S Map to prioritize and improve the infrastructure at these locations.

 

Kaupinmäki Oskari
City of Helsinki

Oskari is a driven traffic and urban planner with a passion to create more livable cities with the aid of the bicycle. In his work, he strives to create an urban environment where people of all ages and abilities can use a bicycle. 

 

Matching the needs for cycling infrastructure and winter maintenance

The City of Helsinki has been developing a comprehensive cycling network since the introduction of Helsinki’s Cycling Strategy in 2014. It involves a comprehensive set of world-class best practices, which have created a need to implement more functional solutions. This sets new requirements for winter maintenance as well. The development has been slow, and therefore a project to match the needs for cycling infrastructure and winter maintenance has initiated.

The goal of the project is to increase the popularity of year-round cycling. The aim is to develop a roadmap for traffic planning and maintenance departments, and thus achieve a shared vision and aims for future cooperation. The key viewpoints are to make year-round cycling user friendly by prioritizing maintenance so that cyclists can use the same familiar routes year-round. Additionally, ensuring appropriate solutions for maintenance at network level and ensuring adequate space for maintenance operations are key.

 

Koistinen Matti
Finnish Cyclists’ Federation

Matti Koistinen is Executive Director of Finnish Cycling Embassy and an ambassador of Finnish Cycling Embassy. He has Master degree in culture. He is very interested in how people use cities and streets as playgrounds. He thinks we must put people first in the cities. He is experienced speaker who has been regular participant of WCC since the first one in Oulu. Koistinen was born in Joensuu in a freezing day in February 1981. Since then he’s been loving the winters of Northern Karelia.

 

How to build Cities for the joy of winter?

Often city planning is planning for summer: Architect’s illustrations have people enjoying sunshine on t-shirts. In the winter squares are often reserved for storing snow. But still in the winter people head out to ski, skate, build snowmen, shop or ride fatbike in snow – and they love it. Could we bring more of the joy of the winter into cities?

The workshops idea is to gather the best ideas and experiences how to make streets, squares and parks places of active life during the colder months. The participants of WCC2020 have a lot to share about the subject and from the workshop they’ll have even more ideas to take back home. Workshops results will be published on https://cyclingembassy.fi/ and shared on Finnish Cycling Embassy’s channels.”

 

Road Code for Better Infrastructure

Finland’s new road code comes into force first of June 2020. One of the goals of the new road code has been making cycling more safe and more convenient in Finnish wintery conditions. Some examples of the new road code: The lawmaker pushes the cities to build more designated unidirectional cycling infrastructure instead of combined infrastructure with pedestrians. 

The intersections between cyclists and other road users must be more clear. Cycling street is introduced in the Road Code and Contra-flow cycling on one-way streets can now be allowed. 

There will be new “cyclists crossing” -sign that gives right of way for cyclists. And of course winter has been taken in account: for example the cycle lanes get their own sign, so the road users can recognize cycle lanes all-year around and cyclists must use rear light.

 

Kollár Dan
Cyklokoalícia

Dan Kollár is an advocate for better mobility in cities and communities from Slovakia. Started with cycling activism at high school and became a president of well-respected bicycle advocacy NGO Cyklokoalícia at the age of 22, where he currently works. Earlier he was working for the city logistics company Švihaj Šuhaj, being responsible for a launch of the first city logistics hub in Bratislava. Spends his free time with urban interventions, in a community garden or in community bicycle workshop.

 

An overview of tools for carbon neutral transport of goods in Bratislava

The lecture will introduce the genesis of carbon neutral transport of goods in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the role of cargo bike in it and an outlook for the future. What started with a few bike messengers years ago is currently forming into a modern urban logistics, based on four basic principles – consolidation, ecologisation, standardisation and cooperation. The consolidation principle will be explained both theoretically and on the example of the pilot project of a city logistics hub. The potential for shifting to electric cars and especially cargo bikes will be shown and discussed, based on the research made in the centre of Bratislava and on practical experience from use in delivery, as well as cargo bike rentals for personal use, also with focus on winter conditions. The cooperation aspect will be demonstrated on a forming platform for urban logistics being created by the municipality, both local and international logistics companies and NGOs with discussion of all the challenges.

 

Komorowski Bartek
C
ity of Montreal

Bartek Komorowski recently joined the Vision Zero team in the Urban Planning and Mobility Department at the City of Montreal.

Previously, he worked 7 years as project leader in the Consulting Department at Vélo Québec, a largest cycling advocacy organization. He is co-author of Vélo Québec’s upcoming design manual, “Designing for Pedestrians and Cyclists”.

Bartek holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from McGill University. He is a member of the board of the Winter Cycling Federation.

 

Design considerations for winter-ready cycling facilities

This presentation provides an overview of key design considerations for cycling facilities intended for year-round use in a snowy winter city.  These include the interaction of maintenance machinery with the infrastructure, snow storage capacity, and meltwater management. The focus is on how to design cycling facilities that reduce the cost of winter maintenance operation while offering winter cyclists safe, comfortable and reliable operating conditions. The presentation will draw examples from the rapidly evolving cycling network in Montreal, Quebec and other nearby municipalities.

 

Korppi-Tommola Jouko
University of Jyväskylä

 

Photons for combatting climate change

It is amazing that single photons with zero mass and energy range from 2 to 5*10-19 J provide us the means to combat climate change. Energy flow of photons from Sun to Earth exceeds our energy demand by factor of some 15 000. So far we have settled to use fossil fuels that have accumulated on Earth crust via photon driven photosynthesis over hundreds of millions of years. It has been so easy to put a hole in the crust and take out natural gas, oil and coal, comprising still about 80% of our primary energy use. And we have created a problem, a big problem. Can we revert the way things are and make use of photons, not only solar photons, and photon induced phenomena to cut down emissions that heat up our atmosphere. I will discuss a few options we have.

 

 

Lais Thomas
Destination Based Exercise

World bike adventurer with a pension for cold and hot places big and small.    My career in bicycle advocacy started 15 year ago while I was healthcare financial executive.  The solution to good health was not owning a car.

 

Cold, congestion and contamination

Exploring how the winter month contribute to greater CO2 emissions and makes the need to reduce car usage more important. Addressing emissions – car idling – bicycle and pedestrian safety – costs associated with maintenance.

 

 

 

 

Londesborough Sally
Valpastin Ltd

Sally is an environmental expert who has many-sided experience in making the everyday life of people and companies more sustainable.

 

All Year Round Bikeshare Programme at Workplaces Nudges Employees Toward Winter Cycling

Valpastin Bikeshare is a service which is currently in use at four workplaces in two towns, Hyvinkää and Hämeenlinna – all year round. Workplaces can join the programme for a monthly fee. Each workplace has their own bike hub and the other hubs are placed at the railway and/or bus station(s). The employers offer this service to their employees so that the staff can get to work in an efficient, flexible and sustainable way.

The bikes have locks that are operated with a phone application. Only the people who have registered with the workplaces’ email addresses can access the bikes. 

The riders have been extremely pleased with the service:

“It’s fantastic that my employer supports using public transport in this way!”

“I would like to use the bikes in the winter.”

“I rather come to work by train and bicycle than drive my car. “

Valpastin Bikeshare nudges people towards taking up winter cycling – if the bikes are there, ready with lights and studded tires, why not give it a go?

 

Markkanen Eeva-Liisa
Liikenneturva, Finnish Road Safety Council

Eeva-Liisa Markkanen (MA, Education) works at Finnish Road Safety Council as a planner. Her area of responsibility is traffic safety education at schools: developing materials and trainings for teachers and other professionals working with children and youth. She supports school communities to integrate traffic safety education to school’s daily activities. Her great interest is digital learning and promoting student’s participation.  Eeva-Liisa is also a proud “BMX-mum” of three racing boys.

 

Promotion of Safe Cycling Year-round with a Digital Learning Environment   

How to make traffic education easy, fun and effective? Filla&Rilla is a digital learning environment for safe cycling aimed to develop children’s knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable safe cycling year-round. As a free and web-based environment it is available for everyone, but it is made to support the systematic and long-term work of educators in Finland.

Filla&Rilla is made of modules highlighting different aspects of safe cycling: traffic rules, safety devices, recognizing risk factors and training situational awareness. Game elements and take away exercises support students’ motivation and make it easier to apply what they have learned to the real traffic environment.

Feedback shows Filla&Rilla is easy and fun to use. Hence it engages also those educators not so well oriented in the themes of cycling.  A demo version in English will be made available for the congress audience to test the new winter cycling module themselves.

 

Mullen Shawna
Zeitgeist

Shawna works for a non-profit community development organization, and her projects focus on community organizing around biking and walking initiatives and infrastructure. Not always a winter enthusiast, she eventually learned to embrace and love winter by taking advantage of all the fun things it has to offer! She commutes by bike year-round, often with her 8 year old, who also loves winter and is happy to go for a bike ride in February.

 

Winter Bike Week: Leveraging Media and Existing Events for More Winter Biking

With months of subzero temps and (216cm) of snow each year, Duluth has the highest average snowfall of any city in Minnesota. But that doesn’t stop us from biking year-round! Inspired by an idea from the 2016 WCC, Winter Bike Week (WBW) was a simple way to leverage the media and some already existing events, give it a name, promote it, and watch it grow! With the common misconception that you can only bike here for 3 months a year, WBW brings attention to the fact that people often use bikes in winter for transportation and recreation. WBW hosts community events, educational workshops, and family-friendly rides to demonstrate that winter biking is fun, practical, and accessible. It encourages everyone to embrace the beauty of winter by offering one more way to enjoy it: by bike! The success of packaging a week long series of events under one name shows that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and the resulting leveraged media can greatly increase awareness of winter biking.

 

Mäenpää Kai
City of Oulu

Kai Mäenpää works as a maintenance manager in the city of Oulu and is an active winter cyclist.

Jarkko Pirinen, Ramboll and Kai Mäenpää are working in current main bike lanes winter maintenance contract.

 

New contract to main bicycle lanes 2020-2024 in Oulu region

Currently, the Oulu region has bike lane focused winter maintenance contract, whicht will be completed in spring 2020. Based on the experience gained from the current contract, it has been decided to continue with multi-client bike line 

maintenance contract model with renewed quality requirements.

The new contract duration is for 4 + 3 years. New maintenance work specifications will be included in the contract quality requirements, with the aim of improving cycling conditions especially in autumn and early spring. Quality requirements will be clarified and improved. In the new contract includes different types of lines such as traditional bike lanes, streets, bike highways, separated lanes. In the contract contractor have closer approach to the users eg. contractor interviews bikers. The contractor is marketed as one maintenance partner with subscribers.

Bonus sanction system includes normal sanctions, renewed quality promises and user satisfaction monitoring through cycling agents.

 

Mäkelä Miikka 
Freelancer / Wuhuu!

Miikka Mäkelä (master of sport and health sciences, master of arts) is a 37 years old teacher, performing artist and all-round cyclist. On his workshops “How to use the bike as an instrument” has taken part more than 5500 pupils and teachers around Finland. Miikka searches creative ways to use a bike as a equipment f.i. for play, self expression and teaching any subjects. His passion is enduro mountain biking and trail building.

 

Snow-How In Schools: Creative Ways To Use Bike During Schooldays

Snow-How In Schools offers new tools for teachers how to use bike during winter. Snow as a construction material offers almost endless possibilities to fulfil joy and learn basic cycling skills. Snow and winter offers amazing frame to train cycling the way it is not possible during dry season.

Workshop presents how the winter modifies schoolyard for a “bike park” offering pupils to practise cycling skills on a race track, pump track and winter route. Last named offers possibilities practice bike handling on different surfaces such as ice, slush, tamped, messy and groomed. Different forms of snow and different winter surfaces train versatile basic motor skills like reactivity, adaptability and dynamic balance. You can bring your own bike or borrow from us (bikes have studded front tires).

Snow-How -workshop is in 2 parts: 1st workshop is for students from 5th grade (age 12-13) and 2nd workshop for congress guests. Both workshops last 45 minutes and each workshop is limited to 50 participants. After the 2nd workshop there will be discussion session for workshop attendees and observers.

During the workshops there is a possibility to take part in a non-stop Slow Bike Race: One bike, 20 meters, slowest biker wins!

Arriving to Normaalikoulu (primary school) school yard: You do not need congress-pass here. By bike or by feet: Come in from the gate next to crossroads  streets Siltakatu and Länsikatu. Parking slots for cars are next to street Tulliportinkatu.

 

Niemi Joonas
Finnish Schools on the Move

Joonas Niemi (B. Eng, PA Instructor, Personal Trainer) is program expert at FInnish Schools on the Move program, responsible for developing active school transportation nationally in Finland. He facilitates promotion activities for schools and municipalities. 

Mr. Niemi has been working with Physical Activity programs in basic and higher education.  Nowadays he’s a active transportation enthusiast and active cyclist.

 

Winter Cycling to school in Finland through students’ eyes

In Finland during the spring and autumn 50% of the basic education students cycle to school. At the distance 0-5km the number is even higher, 60%. During the winter the number drops to 10% and 12% (0-5km). 

Finnish Schools on the Move program and Smartly to School project has collaborated with City of Kuopio to enhance the awareness of cycling to school during the winter. Basic education students in Kuopio recorded their school trips during the year with helmet cameras. The footage is used to gather information about the cycling infra and improvements together with the municipalities’ traffic design department. 

In one of the project events, City of Kuopio deputy mayor and City of Kangasala mayor joined students’ winter school traveling to raise awareness and encourage students and staff to cycle during the winter.  In the presentation, we will show the trip to school during the winter through the eyes of the students and how the traffic jury involves students for designing better cycling infra.

 

Ojajärvi Sanna
Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities
Sanna Ojajärvi works as development manager in the Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities. She encourages students and teachers on their bikes: active commuting results to happy, well-concentrated and ready-to-learn atmosphere in schools. Besides cycling advocacy, her special interest areas — workwise — are communication and networks, social sciences and questions of equality. She enjoys year-round cycling on urban streets as well as on trails.

 

Why would I cycle? I have a moped!
Reasons for cycling or not cycling among upper secondary students

What would make you cycle more? Why don’t you cycle? How do you feel while cycling/walking/taking a bus/riding a moped/driving a car? These are questions we asked in an inquiry targeted at the students of upper secondary education. The answers were quite expected: better infrastructure, better bike or shorter distances were the top3 answers to ”what would make you cycle more”. We also learned that about ¾ of the students have a bike, but only ¼ cycled to school on the day they answered the questions in September. About 1/3 of the students cycle to school in ”summer time” (April-September), but in ”winter time” (October-March) only 15 %.

The inquiry is part of a project Campus Heroes* in which we, besides the inquiry, offer e-bikes for students for test rides and discuss the mobility choices with the students. The aim is to raise both the students’ interest in cycling and awareness of mobility choices. The presentation reflects our experiences of the first term of the project.

 

Active school routes for all? Rethinking the hierarchies of traffic around schools

2/3 of Finnish children walk (31 %) or cycle (28 %) to school. Childrens’ active mobility makes us proud and we encourage them to cycle and walk. Is it so? After visiting dozens of Finnish schools I am not sure. There are busy parents driving their cars to get the kids “fast and safe” to school, there is no bicycle parking on the schoolyard or, there are cars parked in the middle of the cycling route.

I started detecting the school routes and the schoolyards, focusing on the ways traffic is organized. I found peculiar hierarchies: the kids had to take a detour because of car traffic. Cars were parked closer to the doorways than bicycles. There was no bicycle parking at all.

I show how the streets and school yards do (not) communicate our shared aim to increase childrens’ active mobility. To stand behind our words and really give priority to cycling and walking, we need to rethink the traffic hierarchies and rebuild the school routes. It’s not about cycling, it’s about cities for all.

 

Parry Leigh Anne
Plain Bicycle Project

Leigh Anne Parry is a co-founder of the Plain Bicycle project. She is a non-profit manager, multi-disciplinary artist, urban farmer and former bicycle courier who helped organize the first shipment.

 

Gender Equity as Joy Equity: The Plain Bicycle Project and Speeding up Modal Shift in Canada

Respect for human dignity is critical to affecting how people decide how they move, doubly so in winter. In North America, where bicycles are available, but often rooted in a culture of toy and sport and aggression, a culture of non-specialized, regular riding is not readily available. The Plain Bicycle Project’s unique approach – bringing as many used “omafiets” bicycles to central Canada as possible – tapped into a significant segment of the population already interested in biking but seeking solutions that work for them. A high proportion of our participants are older and female. Many have not ridden in decades. Our observation has been that a person realizing they can ride a practical bike without it hurting their wrists and their arms, without their backside in the air, becomes a lifelong ambassador. Passersby become audience. Conversations diversify into new demographics and seeds are planted. We learned that through empathy, we can spread joy, mobility and humanity in equal part

 

Perälä Timo
Winter Cycling Federation

Timo Perälä is the President of the Winter Cycling Federation. Timo says he’s beyond being nice to the leaders and decision makers – no more talk, we need actions for healthier and more sustainable cities! He’s currently focusing on kicking politicians’ asses to get them to lead by example. He’s passionate about enabling human-sized cities and making people happier and healthier.

 

Winter maintenance best practices

A trip around the world to introduce the best practices of winter maintenance. The focus of the presentation is not just in bike path winter maintenance, but more in how to create active, liveable winter suburbs and cities combining the needs of different traffic modes and winter activities. Savilahti area acts as a pilot case as best practices from different parts of the world are being planted to this upcoming city district of Kuopio, Finland. Best practises of snow removal, de-icing and snow melting solutions will be introduced. Also the best practices to embrace winter as a part of regular winter maintenance processes will be introduced.

 

Pesu Matti
Lappeenrannan pyöräilijät ry

In the daytime Matti is a  common and grey public servant in a state agency. By night he turns into a cycling leveraging superhero, BIKEBUREAUCRAT! He summons his powers in Lappeenrannan Pyöräilijät ry (secretary) and in Suomen Pyöräilynohjaajat ry (The Finnish Cycling Instructors, chairman). He also has his own little company called Making Sense. Making Sense offers a crossbreed of cycling expertise, spatial data analysis and knowledge managent services.

 

Measure, Improve, Encourage: Boosting winter cycling to schools in Lappeenranta.

Cycling to school is popular. However, during the wintertime the number of children cycling to school decreases a lot. How could other cities in Finland be more like Oulu and make school cycling happen in quantities in the winter time also? The city of Lappeenranta is reaching for bigger winter cycling numbers by mapping the schools’ bike parking facilities and well maintained cycling routes, calculating the number of cyclists, planning improvements and encouraging students with winter cycling campaign.

 

 

 

Pirinen Jarkko
Ramboll

Jarkko Pirinen works for Ramboll as a consultant in Oulu and is involved in many maintenance-related works.

 

New contract to main bicycle lanes 2020-2024 in Oulu region

Currently, the Oulu region has bike lane focused winter maintenance contract, whicht will be completed in spring 2020. Based on the experience gained from the current contract, it has been decided to continue with multi-client bike line maintenance contract model with renewed quality requirements.

The new contract duration is for 4 + 3 years. New maintenance work specifications will be included in the contract quality requirements, with the aim of improving cycling conditions especially in autumn and early spring. Quality requirements will be clarified and improved. In the new contract includes different types of lines such as traditional bike lanes, streets, bike highways, separated lanes. In the contract contractor have closer approach to the users eg. contractor interviews bikers. The contractor is marketed as one maintenance partner with subscribers.

Bonus sanction system includes normal sanctions, renewed quality promises and user satisfaction monitoring through cycling agents.

 

 

Rekola Maija
Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA)

Maija Rekola works as a Transport System Specialist at Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency. Current professional tasks: Cycling and walking, Park and ride facilities, Road safety

 

Promoting cycling and walking along state owned roads in Finland

In 2018 the Ministry of Transport and Communications launched a programme to promote walking and cycling. The goal of the programme, up until 2030, is to increase walking and cycling trips by 30 percent. 

The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency FTIA is responsible for developing and maintaining the state owned road, railway and waterway networks. 

In my presentation, I will describe the role of FTIA in implementing the measures of the programme such as improving the infrastructure for cycling and walking and developing new methods for maintenance.

 

Savard Sheryl
Edmonton Trail Alliance

Sheryl Savard began to cycle when she was studying law in Edmonton, Canada.  In 2014, she founded Edmonton Trail Alliance, which grew quickly to become an award-winning organization with the region’s largest and most active trail users.  Sheryl currently works as a privacy professional for the University of Alberta and bike commutes every day in every weather condition. She regularly partners with cycling groups to promote winter biking for well-being and environmental stewardship.

 

Canadian Winter Cycling:  Social Constructs for Well-being and Environmental Sustainability

Cycling improves health and lowers our carbon footprint.  Yet during the harsh Canadian winter months, cycling rates significantly decline.  While there are a variety of solutions that can offer options to increasing bike users, most are costly and time-consuming.  This lecture examines the cost-effective combination of established social groups in conjunction with education and role modelling as an effective method for increasing winter cycling in Edmonton, Canada.

 

Sawatzky Jenny
The Plain Bicycle Project

Jenny Sawatzky currently handles the day to day operations and business planning with Leigh Anne and helped bring the second shipment of bicycles to Canada, learning bicycle mechanics along the way to make it possible.

 

Gender Equity as Joy Equity: The Plain Bicycle Project and Speeding up Modal Shift in Canada

Respect for human dignity is critical to affecting how people decide how they move, doubly so in winter. In North America, where bicycles are available, but often rooted in a culture of toy and sport and aggression, a culture of non-specialized, regular riding is not readily available. The Plain Bicycle Project’s unique approach – bringing as many used “omafiets” bicycles to central Canada as possible – tapped into a significant segment of the population already interested in biking but seeking solutions that work for them. A high proportion of our participants are older and female. Many have not ridden in decades. Our observation has been that a person realizing they can ride a practical bike without it hurting their wrists and their arms, without their backside in the air, becomes a lifelong ambassador. Passersby become audience. Conversations diversify into new demographics and seeds are planted. We learned that through empathy, we can spread joy, mobility and humanity in equal part.

 

Sinisalo Ville
Save Pond Hockey

Ville Sinisalo has been actively working to bring climate action to the forefront of the hockey community with Save Pond Hockey since 2015. He acts as the Association’s Vice President, and has been in charge of managing the Tampere and Mikkeli Tournaments since their inception in 2017. This year, he is also responsible for co-organizing the first Joensuu Save Pond Hockey tournament with the City of Joensuu & Climate Joensuu!

 

Save Pond Hockey: How can we save our winters?

Save Pond Hockey ry is run by a team of 10 hockey players and passionate climate advocates. The Association has grown its activities and engagement from the first tournament in Helsinki in 2015 to 6 tournaments around Finland in 2020. Thousands of players have played in these tournaments against climate change over the years, including Jari Kurri, Ville Nieminen, Slava Fetisov, Niklas Hagman, and the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö. Tournament proceeds are always donated to local climate campaigns, and so far nearly €40,000 has been invested to support concrete projects tackling this crisis.

 

 

Stenberg Emilia
Cykelfrämjandet

Emilia Sternberg works as a project coordinator within urban planning and infrastructure at the Swedish Cycling Advocacy Association ‘Cykelfrämjandet.’ As part of her work she coordinates Cykelfrämjandets Kommunvelometer (municipal cycle ranking), Cyklistvelometer (Nationwide cyclist satisfaction survey) and the Interregional EU project HEAT with partners in Finland, Estonia and Latvia. She holds a MSc in International Development and Management from Lund University.

 

Measuring the public health impact of cycling in the Stockholm Region using WHOs HEAT-tool

Cykelfrämjandet (Swedish National Cycling Advocacy Association) has sought to investigate the public health impact of cycling in the Stockholm region using the WHOs HEAT-tool. The purpose of the study was to calculate the public health effects of cycling in Stockholm County in 2019 and to compare it to the potential public health effects which would be achieved by reaching the regional goal of a 20 percent mode share for cycling by 2030. The study has been undertaken as part of the European interregional Central Baltic project HEAT – Participatory Urban Planning for Healthier Urban Communities, and has been conducted by Cykelfrämjandet in collaboration with the Stockholm Regions’s Bicycle Office. The study shows that the current levels of seven percent cycling mode share results in the prevention of 53 premature deaths per year as compared to 149 premature deaths prevented per year if the region reaches the 20 percent mode share goal by 2030.

 

Swanson Anders
Winter Cycling Federation

Anders is a transport policy & design expert from Canada. His approach combines organizational growth, public messaging, ethics & design to advance ideas. He values international cooperation, listening & building capacity for others. He draws inspiration from nature & a life spent as an artist, mechanic & community organizer. He directed Winter Cycling Congess 2014, founded Winter Bike to Work Day, chairs Vélo Canada Bikes, runs Winnipeg Trails and is secretary of the Winter Cycling Federation.

 

Living Document: Crafting a Global Design, Maintenance and Culture Shift Guide for Winter Cycling

A provocative session designed to test a proposed framework for an unprecedented guide for winter cities. The presentation will cover some of the basics of what one might expect from a cycling design guide, including road geometry and operations but begin to ask what may be difficult, unusual and open questions. It will question the role of beauty and ask whether we need to codify the unspoken features that make winter special.  It will ask what winter can teach us. It will ask whether, in an information age, we need to rethink some of the usual approaches and the concept of a “standard”. It will ask how time can be used as design tool. It will consider governments subject to upheaval, where law/norms are morphing. It will introduce the role of emotion, identity fluidity and consciousness shift. It will look at gender politics & the rights of indigenous people as catalysts and, with your help, find ways of assessing the value of rapidly advancing mechanical and information technology.

 

Swanson Torrin
CounterPoint – Where Everyone Counts

Torrin spearheads the technological development for the CounterPoint project since the early days in 2013. He has spent significant portions of his time living in Winnipeg and has travelled around the world creatively documenting best-practice city design. These past experiences in new cities has had a tremendous impact in how he approaches his creativity and digital engineering ideas. He is passionate about active transportation, communities, engaging technology, and storytelling.

 

Crowdsourced Arrogance-of-Space Survey and Multi-Modal Count

The latest focus: Arrogance of Space. The CounterPointApp.org team is inviting you to try out our brand new way of documenting the “arrogance of space” to interactively document the allocation of space our cities prioritize towards different modes of transportation. With an emphasis on winter to ensure we, capture the varying conditions of surfaces throughout the year. The mobile session starts with a brief indoor intro, explanations, and then moves to a site nearby the conference venue to try out the new feature in the field. We will split into groups to analyse different sites and we will convene over drinks afterwards to discuss our findings.

Background:

The CounterPoint app is a free to use, crowdsourced, open-data transportation measurement toolset used around the world in 75 countries. The app highlights the often overlooked indicators such as, children, people with limited mobility, gender, and space allocation that are missing in conventional data collection tools.

 

Takkunen Antti
City of Helsinki   

Antti Takkunen is Walking and cycling coordinator, Maintenance of public areas, The City of Helsinki. Antti is one of the newest additions in Helsinki’s Urban Environment team with the main task of making the city more accessible year round

 

Matching the needs for cycling infrastructure and winter maintenance

The City of Helsinki has been developing a comprehensive cycling network since the introduction of Helsinki’s Cycling Strategy in 2014. It involves a comprehensive set of world-class best practices, which have created a need to implement more functional solutions. This sets new requirements for winter maintenance as well. The development has been slow, and therefore a project to match the needs for cycling infrastructure and winter maintenance has initiated.

The goal of the project is to increase the popularity of year-round cycling. The aim is to develop a roadmap for traffic planning and maintenance departments, and thus achieve a shared vision and aims for future cooperation. The key viewpoints are to make year-round cycling user friendly by prioritizing maintenance so that cyclists can use the same familiar routes year-round. Additionally, ensuring appropriate solutions for maintenance at network level and ensuring adequate space for maintenance operations are key.

 

Talja Milla
Sitowise Ltd

Milla has a wide knowledge of sustainable mobility and new mobility concepts. She has helped many employers and schools with improving their mobility related practices, facilities and benefits.

 

The youth as an example in developing polite and safety cycling etiquette in Joensuu
Milla Talja, Sitowise and Mari Voutilainen, Chairman of Joensuu Traffic Safety Group

There are all the time going on cycling projects in Joensuu. During the fall 2019 started a project that involves a lot of participating the youth (middle and vocational school students). The project is done by involving youth and utilizing their experiences of cycling in Joensuu. Communication plays an important role throughout the work. The youth look like role models or take the example of a thoughtful “traffic and cycling etiquette” in Joensuu towards city dwellers. The aim of the project is to increase the knowledge and skills of traffic both among the youth and pass on information to other city dwellers. The purpose of this work is also to reduce the confrontation between different modes of transport. In the long term, the goal is to have safer and more polite traffic behavior and reduce sidewalk cycling. There will be traffic observations in January and April, bicycle workshops, youth innovating info videos (cycling in different infrastructure spots) and plenty of communication.

 

Tiemens Herbert
City of Utrecht

Herbert Tiemens has over 20 years of experience in cycling policies, city planning and urban design. Based in Utrecht, Netherlands, he works on top-level practices to shape happy cities in the Netherlands and abroad. In recent years he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world. Herbert is board member of Dutch Cycling Embassy and Fietsberaad, the Dutch knowledge centre of cycling.

 

 

Why Bicycle theft declines in wintertime in Utrecht

Since the last 10 years the city of Utrecht has invested heavily in prevention of bicycle theft, by building great bicycle parkings in the city and near train stations. The results of these investments is a dropping of reported thefts of 50%, especially in the city centre and the station. By better reporting bicycle theft and analysis of data the city knows the hotspots and can address this to the police. In this presentation I will share the strategy to reduce bicycle theft and show the integrated approach. The world class bike parkings of Utrecht will be shown and the data we collect will be analyzed. A surprising effect is a seasonal lowering of bicycle theft in winter time. With additional data I can show what causes the seasonal dip.

 

Tulenheimo Martti
Finnish Cyclists’ Federation

Martti Tulenheimo is the Chief Specialist of the Finnish Cyclists’ Federation and is based in Helsinki, Finland. He has a passion for year-round cycling and works in campaigning and influence marketing.

 

Using Social Media in Campaigning for Year-Round Cycling

Motivating people to continue cycling year-round when the temperature drops involves using a combination of rewards, marketing, policies and reality-based information.

Defining the right set of motivational tools needs to address how to make cycling as popular, safe, comfortable and attractive as during the seasons when cycling is considered more ”normal” by the general public.

Promoting year-round cycling, The Finnish Cyclists’ Federation uses a toolkit consisting of a radio broadcasted Instagram photo competition and handing out thousands of LED lights at tens of events.

For five years, the campaign has reached primarily to an audience who already feels positive about cycling. In order to reach the general public, the campaign broadcasts these ordinary individuals’ own stories and experiences.

Alongside the social media campaign, dozens of events are organized where thousands of LED lights are handed out in order to capture the mainstream media’s attention in a positive manner.

 

Turci Fabrizio
Finnish Cyclysts’ Federation

Fabrizio Turci is the project manager for Pyöraäliito’s Immigrants on wheels project which aims to offers elementary and basic course to teach individuals with an immigrant background how to ride a bike and to help them integrate into their new surroundings while appreciating the benefits and joy of biking.

Fabrizio begun is collaboration with the project as coach and participated in several courses in the Helsinki area and in many other Finnish municipalities.

Fabrizio is also a professionally trained peer support facilitator currently collaborating with Familia ry the association for intercultural families in Finland. He developed and facilitates the Fathers’ Group and the Divorce rebuilding group. He also created a facilitator’s manual for starting and maintaining a fathers’ peer support group aimed to Immigrant fathers and fathers within an intercultural relationship.

Fabrizio recently graduated from Diakonia university of applied science from the bachelor’s degree programme in social services and community development.

Fabrizio professional aim is to support the two-way integration of people who have moved to Finland for various reasons or have born in Finland he believes that two-way integration is a dynamic cycle that connects insiders and outsiders with each other. This means that insiders not only affect the process but are an inseparable part of it. The reduction of discrimination or other forms of social exclusion is not seen as key to the integration of outsiders: it is integration itself.

 

Immigrants on bike

Teaching biking to foreign people and cheering them towards a new life skill. How can we teach and promote biking to those who haven’t previously learned how to ride a bike or are not confident enough to bike in their new surroundings? How can we encourage them to use the bike in their daily life all year-round?

In the workshop we will hear how biking skill has been coached for two year to immigrants in Finland, how this skill can be taught in 3 hours, how biking instructors, aka coaches, can support and cheer new bikers towards this new skill and what the people participating in these courses feel during this process and what it means to learn to bike being already an adult.”

 

 

Wagenbuur Mark
BicycleDutch

Mark Wagenbuur (1965) is a blogger and video maker about everyday cycling in the Netherlands. After publishing for more than 10 years he has gained a large fan base ranging from cycling advocates to decision makers. He also gives guided tours and presentations. Through all this, Mark tries to inform about all aspects of Dutch cycling to make it possible for others to have (or to try to get) what the Dutch have; a culture in which cycling is normal, safe and enjoyable for all.

 

Managing winter conditions to make all year cycling possible

The Netherlands has a strong cycling culture. But even in such a culture (local) authorities have to do a lot to make all year cycling attractive. Threats to cycling in winter are: darkness and related safety issues, rain and especially winter weather conditions. Although the Netherlands has a mild climate the temperatures do drop to around freezing point for about three months per year. Black ice is a safety hazard that needs to be addressed often, as is snow (to a lesser extent). In my presentation I explain this background and I show how municipalities organise winter maintenance of the cycling infrastructure. As an example I use the town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch (pop. 155K). Who makes the policies, sets the budgets, and takes the decisions on routes and priorities? How does it work in practise with the weather service alarm, employees in shifts, types of cleaning (ploughing/brushing/using grit or salt) and types of vehicles adapted to cycleways. What can others learn from this?

 

van der Kloof Angela
Mobycon

Angela van der Kloof specializes in bicycle education, engagement and planning. She works with Mobycon, an international mobility consultancy that works with clients on policies, planning, design and knowledge sharing. Angela is a member of the Board of the Winter Cycling Federation. To her the bicycle and cycling are tools to stimulate participation and interaction in an environment that is social and accessible for all.

 

Developing winter cycling modules for primary school children

A core concept in traffic education in the Netherlands is Permanent Traffic Education (PTE). The idea is that it is needed to take the lifelong learning approach on the topic of traffic safety, since traffic rules and the physical infrastructure change over time, as well as the mobility options you have as a road user. PTE has been developed into modules (a learning line) with specific objectives for groups of road users, such as children in primary school. Although there are various challenges when it comes to cycling in winter, these challenges and how to deal with them are not included in the modules.

In this interactive workshop I will first introduce the concept of PTE, and explain the qualities of the concept. Then I will work with the participants on translating winter cycling challenges into winter cycling modules for children in primary school age.

 

Vartiainen Juha-Pekka
City of Joensuu

 

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Venäläinen Juhana
Joensuun Polkijat ry

Venäläinen is a member of board of Joensuun Polkijat ry and a researcher in Cultural Studies at the University of Eastern Finland.

 

The Potentials and Bottlenecks of Bicycle Commuting in Joensuu

Joensuu is an acknowledged cycling town with strong contributions to cycling infrastructure and year-round cycling conditions. Still, two thirds of commuting trips are made by car today. In our talk, we discuss what makes people stay behind the wheel and what actions and interventions could put people to saddles more often.

The presentation is based on two datasets: a survey and an experiment carried out in Joensuu during 2018. An online survey about the local commuting practices reached 686 people, from which five were selected to try out an electric bicycle for one month’s commuting. The experiment included tailored support, accompanied rides, interviews, videos, GPS tracking and workshops.

The findings of the project highlight sensitivity to individual differences between cyclists, pivotal role of the workplaces, and urgency in removing material barriers in the urban space.

The presentation was compiled by Juhana Venäläinen, Jani Lukkarinen (Joensuun Polkijat ry) and Virpi Ansio (Finnish Transport and Communications Agency).

 

Voltti Ville
Mobinet LTD

Mr Ville Voltti (M.Sc.) is a transport planning consultant with 20 years of experience in promoting sustainable transport. As founder of Mobinet Ltd he is currently specialized in company mobility managemet and has worked with many listed companies and Finnish cities for promoting sustainable transport. Mr. Voltti has done the research behind the new guidelines and is one of the authors or the guidelines.

Showers and storage facilities for cyclists at workplaces – brand new design guidelines excel

Lack of showers and changing facilities at workplaces is a persisting problem. There are few design guidelines and the ones in Breeam and Leed are not adequate. Rakennustieto Oy will publish (12/2019) new Finnish guidelines for designing personnel spaces at workplaces.
These “RT-ohjeet” are semi-official de-facto standard in Finnish building industry. In these guidelines the needs of cyclists are properly covered for the first time. The guidelines are primarily aimed at architechts, but can also be used by HR-professionals, cycling enthusiasts etc. interest groups for promoting cycling. These new guidelines are based on extensive research work that took place in 2018-2019 and was funded by Ministry of environment and The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom.
The presentation will cover the new guidelines, their implications for winter cycling and the research results the guidelines are based.

 

 

Voutilainen Mari
Joensuu Traffic Safety Group

Mari works at the Finnish Road Safety Council as a local contact manager but also she is the chairman of Joensuu Traffic Safety Group. Her responsibility is to promote road safety work in North Karelia province. She has previously worked on regional development and she has a degree on social policy. She is from Joensuu, so she has always cycled, all year round. The best way to get to know the city on Joensuu is to cycle. Also the country side of North Karelia is worth to see with a bike.

 

 

The youth as an example in developing polite and safety cycling etiquette in Joensuu
Milla Talja, Sitowise and Mari Voutilainen, Chairman of Joensuu Traffic Safety Group

There are all the time going on cycling projects in Joensuu. During the fall 2019 started a project that involves a lot of participating the youth (middle and vocational school students). The project is done by involving youth and utilizing their experiences of cycling in Joensuu. Communication plays an important role throughout the work. The youth look like role models or take the example of a thoughtful “traffic and cycling etiquette” in Joensuu towards city dwellers. The aim of the project is to increase the knowledge and skills of traffic both among the youth and pass on information to other city dwellers. The purpose of this work is also to reduce the confrontation between different modes of transport. In the long term, the goal is to have safer and more polite traffic behavior and reduce sidewalk cycling. There will be traffic observations in January and April, bicycle workshops, youth innovating info videos (cycling in different infrastructure spots) and plenty of communication.