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Helsinki city bikes offer a convenient way to travel even for the furry members of the family. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

HELSINKI—Since entering the streets on May 2, one million bikers have taken a trip on the yellow two-wheeler with Alepa corner store advertisements shining on their frames. A single city bike was used about 9.7 times per day. “The service enjoys delightful popularity, and the usage implies that the citizens have truly accepted the city bike service like theirs,” Karoliina Rajakallio, director of the strategy and business development at the Helsinki City Transport, said in a bulletin.

At the time of this writing, about 33,000 locals have registered as city bike users, which are operated by the City of Helsinki.

Map of city bike stations in Helsinki. Picture: HSL

There are 1,400 bikes and 140 bike stations in Helsinki, within an area extending from the heart of the city to Munkkiniemi, Pasila and Kumpula districts. Additional bikes are available for trial in the neighboring city of Espoo, where residents are able to hop on the bike in Matinkylä and Olari at ten stations with a hundred bikes.

One can purchase access to the city bike service for a day, a week, or for the whole season. The prices range from five euros a day to 25 euros for the whole season, which lasts from April through the end of October.

Tony Öhberg