Biking to the university through rain and shine

People of the University of Oulu are eager cyclists. 19 teams from the university attended ‘Kilometrikisa’ cycling challenge.

Bicycle stands at the university start filling up first thing in the morning. According to the study of Finnish Transport Agency in 2016, people of Oulu are the most eager cyclists in Finland, which can be noticed at the campus yards. Bike is a popular way of transportation all year round. ‘Granny bikes’ and hybrids stand next to each other – there’s room for all at a pinch.

City of Oulu is currently investing in bicycle lanes between Linnanmaa and city centre. Following the red lane takes you from Alppila to Linnamaa in a flash. Two red lanes are intended for cyclists, and one black lane for pedestrians. Bike route to Linnanmaa was straightened by building a new route through Iskonpuisto forest parallel to Pohjantie motorway. The second half of the bicycle route ‘Baana’ will be built during summer 2019.

The environmental programme of the University of Oulu calls for action to increase the number of dressing rooms and bike stands, and to encourage staff and students to bike to the university. Users hope that university would invest in bicycle parking – bike stands are often full, and places where you can lock your velocipede from the frame are needed. Due to the construction work some bicycle parking areas are temporarily out of use, but luckily something new has been built. Bike stands at the door S2 near the main entrance have just been renewed.

According to the Facilities and User Services of the University of Oulu, the matter of getting more dressing rooms has been discussed with the University Properties of Finland (SYK). For the time being, new dressing rooms could be in use in the spring 2019. Project planning starts by the end of the year, and information about the exact location and schedule will be shared after that. Because of the increasing number of cyclists, dressing rooms and bike stands will be much needed at the joint campus of the University of Oulu and Oulu University of Applied Sciences (Oamk).

What kind of biker are you?

Three people from the university tell their biking stories in Finnish on the video.

Winners of the ‘Kilometrikisa’ cycling challenge

Kilometrikisa competition encouraged 2000 teams all around Finland to hop on a bike – including people of the University of Oulu. Team Julin from the Research Unit of Ecology and Genetics won the internal race of the university. Ten pedalists drove each 1254 km between May and September. At the nation-wide competition Team Julin was at place 320. Second place was taken by Microelectronics Research Team (346th, 14 persons, 1211 km each). Team UniOulu Keulijat from the main building spurted to the third place (395th, 20 persons, 1142 km each).

The best teams are rewarded as part of the Wellbeing week on Tuesday 9th October at the main lobby of Linnanmaa, starting from 10 am. The winners of the Kilometrikisa Instagram competition have been alloted and contacted personally. Wellbeing week takes place 9–12 October at the Linnanmaa and Kontinkangas campuses.

 

Last updated: 5.10.2018