Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer attended the opening of the Carbon Footprint Installation in Kordon on 22 September, City Without Cars Day. Soyer said, “Our aim is to reduce carbon emissions by ensuring that only pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation vehicles are on the streets instead of motor vehicles on the 'City Without Cars Day' and to raise awareness on this issue in our city.
Organizing a series of events within the scope of European Mobility Week, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality closed Kordon to traffic on 22 September City Without Cars Day and left it to pedestrians. The First Kordon, where various activities are organized throughout the day from DJ performances to juggling shows, also hosted the opening of the Carbon Footprint Installation. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, who walked to Gündoğdu Square on Cyprus Martyrs Street, accompanied by a cortege with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Band, attended the opening of the Carbon Footprint Installation in the old phaeton area in Kordon. Soyer placed the brick with the slogan of “Zero Emission Mobility for Everyone” on the installation bearing the slogan “Let's Leave Green Traces, Not Black Together”, and as part of the program we created with the slogan “Zero Emission Zero, İzmir Let A Deep Breath”, today we close Kordon to traffic and leave it to pedestrians. Our aim is to reduce carbon emissions by ensuring that pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation vehicles are available instead of motor vehicles on the streets on "City Without Cars Day" and to create awareness in our city on this issue.
"We want to increase urban mobility"
Emphasizing that İzmir's shared bicycle system BİSİM has been providing free service for two days within the scope of the European Mobility Week, Soyer said, “We are conducting comprehensive studies and awareness activities to increase urban mobility in our city, to encourage pedestrian and bicycle transportation, and to reduce the use of private vehicles as much as possible by popularizing public transportation. " said.
Emphasizing that Izmiras Routes, which will connect all tourism areas of Izmir with bicycle and walking paths with infrastructure and superstructure arrangements, green corridors and digital tourism applications, are an important part of the works in this field, Soyer said that Izmir's culture, history, gastronomy, rural and said that they link nature destinations. Stating that they have determined four green corridors that will connect Izmir city center to natural areas without interruption, Soyer said: “In this context, the Northern Route between Bostanlı and Yamanlar; The South Route of Kültürpark, Meles and Kaynaklar Village; East Route of Yeşilova - Smyrna and Homer Valley; Karşıyaka - We determined the route of Gediz Delta as the West Route. Only with the Efeler Yolu project, a 500-kilometer walking path will be implemented on the East Route. Within the framework of our Izmir Transportation Master Plan and Izmir Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan; With environmentally friendly transportation solutions, we reduce automobile use and establish a transportation system focused on pedestrian and bicycle use and public transportation. We make all our transportation investments in line with these goals. "