Cycling is the nicest way to get to know a new city, or simply to get from one place to another. In Tampere, cycling lanes and services are constantly being developed to make bicycles the best option to move around. Here are some of the most important points you need to know about cycling in Tampere.
City centre cycling lanes, region cycling routes, scenery routes… All cycling maps provided by the city of Tampere can be downloaded here (site in Finnish).
Citybikes are easily available right in the city centre! Rent a bike with 5 euros a day (next day + 10 euros) from Juvenes Kiosk Centre, at the Central Square Keskustori (by the bus stops) and the bikes will be found at the Frenckell Square. Citybikes are available from May 6th until the end of September. Kiosk is open during summer season Mon-Fri at 6.30-20, Sat at 11-18 and Sun at 11-17, and starting from August 1st Mon-Thu at 6.30-20, Sat at 10-18, closed on Sundays. City bike rental and key return only during kiosk opening hours!
You can also rent a bicycle from Pyöräkauppa Keskiö (Puutarhakatu 8 C-D), Easybike (you need to download Easybike app and register to their service), from E.A.T. Tampere and electric bikes from Pakomatkat!
Pyhä-Näsi – Lake Trails
Did you know you can cycle around the whole Näsijärvi lake? Depending on how much time you have to spare, you can combine cycling with a leg on the Poet’s Way aboard steamship Tarjanne. There’s also a route built around the city’s other big lake, Pyhäjärvi, where you can for instance follow a 30-kilometer scenic route around the lake. Read more about the options and services on the Lake Trails on the bottom of this page.
If you’d prefer some company on your adventure around Näsijärvi, take part in Pirkka Cycling. The main legs, 217 and 134 kilometres, are a challenge to a recreational cyclist, but you can also choose one of the shorter legs for a more relaxed approach. A specialty is the Pirkka Night Cycling that allows you to combine the classic 134 km route with the nightless night of Finnish midsummer. About three thousand enthusiastic cyclists take part in Pirkka Cycling yearly. It’s part of the Tour De Pirkka sports event.