Helsinki Bike Lane Intervention
A DIY project involving a little bit of paint and hundreds of bikers.
It’s not always easy biking to places when you have to deal with regular traffic. Places like Copenhagen have increasingly become the model for many cities trying to push the eco-friendly, sustainable option of biking. Still, we have a long way to go, which is why Helsinki-based art collective Länsiväylä have taken matters into their own hands with their bike lane interventions.
Taking their cue from a recent guerilla project in Berlin that utilized unsuspecting cars to paint the busy Rosenthaler Platz, the collective asked bikers to ride through Helsinki after their bike wheels had been coated with paint.
The effect, illustrated by the picture, is not necessarily a true permanent intervention. Rather, it displays a critical mass for those who use and want to use biking as their main form of transportation.
The next Helsinki bike lane intervention is scheduled to take place this evening.