A bicycle (polkupyörä) is a very practical, popular and ecological form of transportation in Finland. There are plenty of cycle/walking tracks around the cities. Many people cycle throughout the year.
Cycling in Finland
- Wearing a bicycle helmet is compulsory in Finland
- You must have a lamp in the front of your bike when you cycle in the dark. Cyclists without proper lights can be fined.
- If you cycle during autumn, beware of the "black ice", which looks like wet asphalt, but actually is really slippery ice
- If you ride your bike during winter, studded tires are recommnended. They can be bought from big supermarkets and sports shops.
Where to get a bike?
Bikes can be rented from the Community Resource Centre (Kansalaistalo). If you stay in Joensuu for a longer period of time, you may want to buy a bike of your own.
- Facebook groups such as Osta ja myy roska Joensuussa (Buy and sell crap in Joensuu)
- Tori.fi internet portal (polkupyörä/pyörä = bike)
A few times a year there is a lost property auction at the Lost Property Office of the Joensuu Police Station (Lammintie 1), where you may find a decent bicycle at a reasonable price. Since the auction is carried out in Finnish only, please ask your colleague to accompany you. Auctions are announced at: http://poliisi.fi/tietoa_poliisista/huutokaupat (in Finnish)
In Kuopio the best place to buy and sell second-hand bikes is the KISA (Kuopio International Student Association) Facebook site or second-hand shop online at www.kuopionkirppari.fi or www.tori.fi. In addition, there is an auction of lost and found items at the local police station (few times a year, usually in September), and then you may find a decent bicycle at a reasonable price. Since the auction is carried out in Finnish only, please ask a fellow Finnish student to accompany you. Auctions are announced at: http://poliisi.fi/tietoa_poliisista/huutokaupat (in Finnish)