Helsinki, 20-24 May 2019



On 15 August 2016, the Helsinki City Board decided unanimously to apply for Velo-city 2019 conference.


European Cyclists’ Federation’s Velo-city conference series is widely considered as the premier international planning conferences on cycling. The conferences are designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation.

Velo-city began in 1980 in Bremen, and since then the conferences have been held in cities including Copenhagen, Brussels, Seville, Vancouver, Vienna, Adelaide, Nantes and Taipei. Velo-city conferences are now attracting about 1,500 delegates from more than 65 different countries.

Velo-city conferences bring together those involved in policy, promotion and the provision of cycling facilities and programs. Engineers, planners, architects; social marketers, academic researchers, environmentalists; and business and industry representatives join forces with government at all levels from politicians to policy makers and educators in knowledge sharing.



24 October 2016: Hot off the press!

Helsinki has been shortlisted to be among top 3 applicants. To make up their mind, ECF delegation will visit Helsinki by end of November.

What’s next?

  • If the application is successful, Helsinki will be shortlisted among the top three cities in October 2016.
  • A meticulous on-site review and further negotiations will be held with all three cities in November 2016.
  • The ECF Board will make the decision in December 2016.
  • ECF and the chosen city will sign the contract in January 2017.

What can I do?

The die may be cast, but there’s more to do than just to wait with fingers crossed:


  • Support letters are still welcome! Find your motivation, we’ll help from there.
  • Show your interest! As the process evolves, we’ll get in contact.
  • First and foremost, enjoy the brisk autumn cycling!


  • Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, City of Helsinki
  • Cycling Coordinator Reetta Keisanen, City of Helsinki
  • Velo-City 2019 Event Director Teemu Vehmaskoski, Finnish Association of Civil Engineers RIL
  • Velo-City 2019 Program Director Mari Päätalo, Valpastin Ltd.