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Cities need more and better cycling environment
Many cities in Europe have been developing their streets to more cycling friendly. This is great! But we need also more and better environment for recreational cycling and cycling education. Bike playgrounds are great places for beginners to improve their cycling skills. In most cases they are children, but there are also adults who benefit from easy places to develop basic skills.  

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The former Finnish Cyclists’ Federation’s executive director Matti Koistinen jumps on-board of Allegra to promote active lifestyle solutions across Finland, commencing February 2024.
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One of the most interesting examples of bike playgrounds is Radmotorikpark an der Neuen Donau in Vienna. I spent there some time with Alec Hager who runs Radadvocat agency and teaches children to ride. 

Besides open space Radmotorikpark has two Parkitects modular pumptracks, slalom area, tram tracks, cobblestones, small drops and big “volcano” for kids to improve their skills and have fun. 

In Sundbyberg, Sweden, one can see a bit different approach to a bike playground. With products from VeloPark municipality has created a small skill park. Balance snakes, small drops, teeter-totter and easy rollers have been installed just before the winter.  

Combination looks very appealing, even the finishing work and planting is still to come. I can imagine my 5 and 7 –year old kids would like to spend here a lot of time. And when the skills are good enough there is short mountain biking trail in a forest next to the bike playground. 

Bike playgrounds can come in many forms, and they can be built in urban, semi-urban, rural or park environment. In best case they are connected to urban mountain biking trails and cycling paths. 

“We’ve been talking a lot about need for more mountain biking trails in urban areas”, says Hans Stoops from International Mountain Bicycling Assocation IMBA when we talk later in Stockholm. 

For example, my home city Tampere in Finland has over 80 km’s of cross-country skiing tracks, but just 11 km’s of mountain bike trails. And cycling season is more or less 12 months every year. In 2017 every fourth Finn reported that they do cycling as a sport, but just every tenth said that cross country skiing is their hobby. 

Bike playgrounds and mountain biking trails in cities would mean that more people have access to a good trail closer their homes. This decreases use of car to use to reach trails and benefits both the climate and activity goals of cities. 

One of the most interesting examples of bike playgrounds is Radmotorikpark an der Neuen Donau in Vienna. I spent there some time with Alec Hager who runs Radadvocat agency and teaches children to ride. 

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