Summer streets open today in the center of Helsinki

The summer streets form a unified walking network from the Park to the Design Square. The first part is located on Kasarmikatu between Eteläesplanadi and Pohjoisen Makasiinikatu. The route continues to Pieni Roobertinkatu and from there to Erottaja. On the separator street, one lane is reserved for the terrace and pedestrians.

The small Roobertinkatu provides convenient access to Iso Roobertinkatu, which is already a pedestrian street, to the Design Museum Square or to the south to Korkeavuorenkatu.

Summer streets make streets more pleasant and attractive and improve the range of services

You can enjoy the summer streets and city life until the end of August and play, walk, stop watching or sit on the terrace. On the summer streets you can also enjoy the wild city greenery. On the streets you can search for familiar animals from ’s nature, art and .

“For many people, summer streets are familiar elsewhere in with their markets and local delicacies. Why do we need summer streets in Helsinki? , “he says Anni SinnemäkiDeputy Mayor of the Department of Urban Environment.

“Vegetation has been brought into the roasting hot stone city to improve the microclimate and increase comfort. Townspeople have often asked for more urban greenery, so it ‘s great to be able to fulfill those desires. The city offers resting places, shade and urban green spaces. I invite all the townspeople to enjoy the summer streets, “Sinnemäki adds.

Summer streets full of activity

The feedback from the townspeople on last summer’s summer street experiment on Kasarmikatu has been taken into account; children have been better taken into account on the summer streets. Various elements are well suited for construction and climbing. In addition to children’s playgrounds, the summer streets feature park terraces for local restaurants, wooden lounges and frame-lockable bike racks.

The traffic arrangements on the summer streets are designed especially to take pedestrians into account. This means there is less traffic and noise on local streets. Vehicle access to the properties and service car traffic have been arranged.

The summer streets and the terraces along them also offer a variety of things to do during the summer. The Living Streets of Helsinki series invites city dwellers to enjoy music and performance art. The cultural program will be held on Summer Street from June 16 to August 25. Compañía Kaari & Roni Martin Goes ROOTS will present their composition combining flamenco, Balkan spirit and Finnish poetry in front of the Design Museum and will organize a fireworks display of modern rhythm music and dance for the on June 23.

July and August will see, among others, the street theater group Orkestar Strada, singer-songwriter Leo Stillman and street cartoonists “Secret Cartoonists” making “secret portraits” of the city’s residents. and then give the portraits to them as souvenirs. The program continues throughout the summer on Thursdays from June 16th to August 25th. For more information on the events, visit

The summer streets are open from 3 June to 31 August. The summer streets will be demolished from 31 August, after which normal traffic arrangements will take effect again from 6 September.

The city strives to have summer streets every year, which supports increasing the walking environment in the city in line with the city strategy. This also promotes walking as the primary means of transportation. The location of the summer streets may remain the same or vary; citizens and businesses will also be involved in finding suitable places in the coming summers.

Source: City of Helsinki Urban Environment Department

Source: The Nordic Page




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