We have new bicycle storage spaces in Viikki, about 400 of them. While this sound good at first, let's look at the details:
The access-controlled parking spaces are subject to a fee. I assume it is still "allowed" to park your bicycle outside these access-controlled spaces. However, the Flamma text seems to implicate that all parking on campus areas requires a permit: "There is a fee for parking on all Helsinki campuses." (https://flamma.helsinki.fi/en/group/tilat/pyoraily-pysakointi-ja-julkine...). This could have been written a bit more clearly, but I guess the writer had (only?) cars in mind.
The Flamma article claims that 36 free-to-use bicycle racks were also installed in the non-heated, outside space in the underpass behind Biocenter 2 (which used to be the gathering space for electric and electronic waste). Yes, but that possibility existed before and has been used before. It's right next to the smallest (48-rack) access-controlled parking space, the only one where I finally spotted a bicycle. Using the access-controlled parking makes sense if you have an expensive bicycle. If you do, you likely don't care about the yearly 30€ fee either: expensive bicycle parking for the rich. You pay for your parking via an app. I installed the app on my phone but did not pay the 30€/year fee. Why not? I have two issues with the fee:
I am wondering whether any committed commuter cyclist was involved in planning these bicycle storages. I sometimes check the 198-bicycle storage in the Viikki car park, but I have not seen a single bicycle since it was opened about half a year ago. These new parking facilities are a lot of wasted space and money if the uptake remains at less than 1% of its capacity, which is the case atm.
Since the beginning of April, the same 30€ fee must also be paid for the Meilahti inside bicycle storage. I am no longer a frequent visitor to Meilahti, but the shed has been mostly empty since spring. I wonder whether somebody thought to earn money with this move. It's probably the opposite: The costs of maintaining the (payment) infrastructure are much higher than the income from the few cyclists that agree to pay the fee... If you are a UH insider, you can find some information about the bicycle storage possibilities on the Viikki campus from Flamma (the Helsinki University intranet)", but the PDF can also be found from https://we.tl/t-XNMd7Ixcu7.