Young people in Uusikaupunki use a wide array different vehicles to make their way to school. We got to take a closer look at the vehicles of three young people.
Lassi Ankelo, 15
I got into biking almost two years ago now. Nowadays, I go everywhere on my bike. I try to use it throughout the year but the cold and the slippery ground makes biking in the winter more challenging. While I’m using four bikes at the moment, I primarily ride my mountain bike, which I’ve fixed up a bit. In addition to my way to and from school, I also ride cross-country and road trails of varying lengths every day. You can see lots of new places on your bike and get to know new people when you go with others. Planning the trails is fun and it’s nice to get to show them to the other bikers. I’ve ridden to Turku and back a couple of times, but I prefer cross-country biking in the nearby areas. At the end of summer, I made a 100-kilometre cross-country trip around Uusikaupunki in one day That may have been my hardest trip so far, but I had a blast.
Eero Haapanen, 16
I got my hands on a UTV about six months ago. This is my first four-wheeler, but I’ve had mopeds before. I wanted a UTV rather than, for instance, a light quadri-mobile because it’s got more power and you can have a better time. I’ve done some decorating on its interiors by adding some lights and so on. When compared to a light quadri-mobile, what makes this nice is that it has three seats, which means I can take two of my friends with me. Besides myself, my dad also uses it – you can load firewood on the rack, for example. Quite many of my friends have a moped, ATV or UTV. With my friends, we mostly ride here around town, but sometimes we may go to Rauma, too.
Jussi Airisto, 15
I got a minibike in the summer, when I turned 15. I thought for a while whether I should buy a minibike or one with bigger wheels, but I decided to go with this one as it was so cheap and sold nearby. I named the minibike Jasun after my dad’s friend. It’s quite small and heavy and good for getting from one place to another quickly. So far, the minibike has stayed in good condition and there have been no problems with it. A minibike is a good choice if you’re short and like to pop a wheelie, for example. We ride around town with my friends quite a bit, but I will occasionally go further at times since it doesn’t use up too much fuel. Up until now, Laitila is the farthest I’ve gone with the minibike.