Safe cycling requires the use of safety devices, anticipatory riding and having an appropriate bicycle. Some 65% of cycling fatalities are caused by accidents involving a motor vehicle.

Drinking and driving

Drunk driving is a crime regardless of whether the vehicle is driven on off-road terrain, on an ice-covered lake, on a road, or anywhere else.

Electronic mobility devices

In addition to city bikes, the City of Helsinki has electric scooters for joint use. The Finnish Road Safety Council reminds people that they need to familiarise themselves with the scooters and be aware of the traffic rules before using the scooters.


It is easy to improve pedestrian safety by wearing a reflector in the dark and using the pedestrian crossing when crossing the road where possible. Appropriate footwear for the weather conditions, especially when the roads are slippery, can reduce the risk of accidents.


There are over one thousand elk collisions per year in Finland. Reduced speed especially in high risk areas gives the driver more time for observation and shortens the braking distance.

Driver distraction

Driver distraction and inattention in road traffic and the resulting accidents have become a world-wide problem. Drivers are often tempted to use their mobile phones while driving, even though studies have shown that the risk of accident is increased for drivers using mobile phones while driving.