Izmir was included in the European Bicycle Route Network; The European Cyclists Federation accepted Izmir's request for inclusion in the European Bicycle Route Network. Thus Izmir Turkey became the first city to join the network. Linking the ancient cities of Bergama and Ephesus, the bike route will also contribute to sustainable tourism and transportation.
The application made by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, which has taken important steps for the development of bicycle tourism, to be included in the European Bicycle Route Network (EuroVelo) has been accepted and its membership has been officially announced. At the end of 2016, the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which applied to the European Bicycle Federation, received the news he had been waiting for. EuroVelo officials announced that the 500-kilometer bike route in Izmir has joined the network as a continuation of the EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean route. Thus, Izmir, attended by about 7 billion euros per year with economic size EuroVelo from Turkey became the first city.
Saying that EuroVelo is an important project that combines sustainable tourism and transportation policies and shares the good news, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “It is a very important achievement for İzmir, which is working for developing EuroVelo membership, bicycle transportation infrastructure and bicycle culture. As of today, we are starting to work on route reinforcement and development for the 500 km İzmir extension created in the north south direction. ” Adding Izmir to the EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean Route is also important for the sustainable economy, Tunç Soyer said, “The cyclist tourist who enters the country with the EuroVelo route visits local accommodation points, food and beverage places, local historical and cultural values for many sectors. creates a sustainable economic contribution. The investments and arrangements made in the city for the EuroVelo infrastructure also support the sustainable transportation target. ”
The EuroVelo Director Ádám Bodor "EuroVelo of this important part of Turkey's Mediterranean coastline 8-rotas has made us very happy to participate. It is amazing that the ancient cities of Ephesus and Bergama (Pergamon) are located in the EuroVelo network. We worked very closely with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality during the application process and we were very impressed by the city's cycling projects. ”
Ferry connection between Athens and Cyprus
EuroVelo 8- Mediterranean Route, which is a long-distance cycling route with a ferry connection between Athens and Southern Cyprus, extending from the city of Cadiz in Spain to Southern Cyprus, increases to 500 thousand 8 kilometers with the addition of 60 kilometers of Izmir route. Connecting Spain's Andalusia region to the French Riviera, the Adriatic coast and the Balkan Peninsula, this travel route combines the world's most beautiful landscape and cultural heritage elements.
Still ongoing "MEDCYCLETO" project developed under this new route to Izmir in Turkey, the Greek island in the Aegean Sea through the harbor with ferries connecting. Tourists on bicycles on the Izmir route starting from Dikili to the ancient city of Ephesus, pass through Bergama, Aliağa, Foça, İzmir center, Balıklıova, Alaçatı and Sığacık and reach the ancient city of Ephesus in Selçuk.
Izmir beaches, tranquil harbor cities and the ancient cities of UNESCO World Heritage list Ephesus and Pergamon are fully compatible with this route. with small sea town like Old Foca, Izmir is located on the route of traditional Aegean architecture reflecting the living area as Alacati, kilometers-long sea views as well as hosts of the items on Turkey's culinary culture.
Direction signs placed at 650 point
Within the scope of EuroVelo works, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality made the necessary preparations on the 500-kilometer route in Izmir. Direction signs were placed on 650 points on the route. Asphalt and road arrangement work pieces and points were determined; these works are planned to be completed by the end of 2021. After that, the points where bicycle maintenance units and repair centers will be located, and bicycle-friendly businesses, food and beverage and accommodation points will be determined. Website prepared for EuroVelo promotional activities (veloizmir.org) is currently in use.
What is EuroVelo?
EuroVelo covers 70 long-distance bicycle routes, planned over 45 thousand kilometers and completed 16 thousand kilometers in Europe. EuroVelo bicycle routes support the prestige of the cities in the countries it passes and the development of the socioeconomic structure. It is stated that the EuroVelo bicycle tourism network has a gross income of approximately 14 billion Euros per year, including 500 million 6 million with a bicycle tour of 400 million 46 thousand accommodation, 700 million with a 7 million day tour.
What is the Mediterranean Route?
“EuroVelo 16-Mediterranean Route”, which is one of the 8 long road cycling routes of EuroVelo and which Izmir has applied for membership, starts from Spain. It continues through France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and passes through 12 countries, Greece and Cyprus. There are 23 world heritage sites and 712 fish species unique to the Aegean Region on the route. With the addition of İzmir to this network, the list is expected to get richer.