The Helsinki Cyclists' Association Helsinki Cyclists (HePo) is nervous about the city of Helsinki.

HePo is an advocacy organization for about 1,500 cyclists in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

It says it has complained to the Chancellor of Justice.

The city banned cyclists from overtaking on two large and long-lasting construction sites, the Lauttasaari bridge and Ratapihantie on the corner of Pasila station.

From the center of Lauttasaari towards Lauttasaari. Photo: Helsinki Cyclists' Association

The Lauttasaari bridge had a speed limit of 20 km / h and the Ratapihantie very narrow congestion 10 km / h.

HePo believes that the city's own traffic signs or additional signage signs are against the Road Traffic Act.

“It is intolerable that inadequate and dangerous construction site arrangements are now being patched up with illegal additional signs instead of the arrangements being managed safely from the start,” says Timo Hast, chairman of cyclists, in a statement.

"The Road Traffic Act specifically prohibits the affixing of a sign that could be confused with an official traffic sign."

According to HePolainen, overtaking cyclists cannot be banned with a traffic sign, because the overtaking sign of the Road Traffic Act only applies to overtaking motor vehicles.


This, too, angered the cyclists 'interest group in the Helsinki metropolitan area. Photo: Helsinki Cyclists' Association

President Hast, did you clarify the law in advance?

- We thought that the task of the Chancellor of Justice would be to find out this, we have not asked the lawyers in any way tentatively.

Do you have a rage that this has gone wrong?

- You are accurate with traffic signs.

There are stories in the media where people put their own signs and the police or the municipality go to remove them.

- A couple of years ago, the city applied for an exemption to get signs for Baana and the perimeter.

There was no exemption for these?

- That's how we assume.

That Ratapihantie is an extremely narrow trap?

- Yes.

Even 10 km / h feels hard, what about 20 km / h on a bridge?

- It is not a problem, but the placing of self-invented signs and not paying attention to the safety of the traffic regime.

What would have been the right way on Ratapihantie?

- It would have been possible to see whether the space taken from the carriageway (cars) had been taken.

And wouldn’t it have made more sense to urge cyclists to lure that short stretch?

- Leashing is a solution to walking, not cycling.

What would have been an alternative to the Lauttasaari bridge?

- Road traffic should have been moved to the adjacent motorway bridge.

Sure, the bridge should have been kept open for service companies ’tractors, but it could have been turned into a bike street.

In your picture of the Lauttasaari bridge (bulletin), are there cyclists on the pedestrian side and more on the side of the bike path (and some pass each other)?

- They've probably had to dodge, it's so narrow.

The Lauttasaari Bridge is the busiest cycling route in Finland.

How are pedestrians doing?

- So, you have to ask the city.

Could you think that in this situation up to 20 km / h is quite a lot when you are in shock, few people drive so hard without breathing?

- There is nothing wrong with the speed limit per se, but it is funny to put one when practically everyone drives under it anyway.

Except for those fast commuter bikers who are discussed in the media all the time (HS 29.10 “The Kamikaze cyclist had to drive me over”)?

- Of course, it can drive even stronger if it wants to, but here it is essential that the city is an authority and uses questionable administrative action when setting illegal traffic signs.

On a general level, what do you think about wheel speeds, is there a place to look in the mirror?

- Of course, there are sometimes too high situation speeds, but there are still really poorly implemented main roads.

If the main road is poorly implemented, isn’t that a reason to drive a little quieter until a better implementation is obtained so that no accidents happen?

- (silence) ... ... yes, everyone is sure to drive at their own Speed ​​and take care of their own speed.

Is the term “trikookamikaze” familiar?

- That too has been heard.

Aren't they born out of nowhere?

- Well, yes and probably not.

When driving on narrow aisles in the same space as pedestrians, it can certainly feel like driving too hard and in some situations it is sure to happen.

It is a personal place to look in the mirror.

- However, the speeds of the wheels are much quieter than the speeds of passing cars, Hast recalls.

IS did not reach Reetta Putko, Helsinki's head of traffic and street planning, to comment on HePo's view of the illegality of traffic signs.

Lauttasaari bridge from Lauttasaari to the city center. Photo: Helsinki Cyclists' Association

The overtaking ban ends in Pasila.

Ratapihantie.Photo: Helsinki Cyclists Association