Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is celebrating the European Mobility Week simultaneously with many cities between 16-22 September. During the week, the theme of which is “Zero Emission Mobility for Everyone”, activities will be organized to encourage walking, cycling, running and using public transportation instead of motor vehicles. Within the scope of the program created with the slogan of "Zero Carbon Emission, Let Izmir Take a Deep Breath", Izmir's shared bicycle system BISIM will be free for two days.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality planned a series of activities within the scope of the European Mobility Week celebrated between 16-22 September. During the week celebrated with the theme of “Zero Emission Mobility for Everyone” this year, a program was created to encourage carbon emission reduction in İzmir. In this context, between 18-20 September, Dr. Air pollution will be measured for three days on Mustafa Enver Bey Caddesi, so that the amount of carbon emission will be measured on the weekends left to pedestrians. In 2019, with the UKOME decision, Dr. Mustafa Enver Bey Street was closed to traffic on weekends. The pedestrianization design studies continue for Bornova Street, which was closed to traffic within the scope of European Mobility Week in 2019.
City without cars
On September 22, Car Free City Day, Kordon will be closed to traffic from Alsancak Port Customs Area to Cumhuriyet Square and left to pedestrians. On the City Without Cars Day, it is aimed to achieve gains such as reminding how the streets are used without motor vehicles, encouraging public transportation, pedestrian transportation and the use of bicycles, embracing the streets, controlling and measuring air pollution and noise pollution and comparing measurements.
Izmirians will pedal to work
Within the scope of the European Mobility Week, İzmir's shared bicycle system BİSİM will provide free service for two days on 21 and 22 September. Also, on Monday, September 21 will be "Cycling to Work Day". All Izmir residents are invited to go to work by bicycle that day.
İzmir will have a carbon footprint
On September 22, the opening of the "Carbon Footprint" installation will be held in the old phaeton area in Kordon. "Let's Leave Green Traces, Not Black Together!" The installation work, which will bear the slogan, will be covered with plants and turned into green and will be presented to Izmir as an urban furniture. This will be the carbon footprint of İzmir. With the installation work, it is aimed to increase environmental awareness in the city and to leave a green mark.
It will be announced to the world
On September 19, the addition of İzmir to the European Cycling Route Network (EuroVelo) will be announced to the world. On September 19, due to the pandemic, the EuroVelo İzmir southern route will be promoted with a limited number of participants. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Department Bicycle Pedestrian Access and Planning Branch Directorate teams and bicycle communities will pedal for approximately 20 kilometers from Seferihisar Teos Ancient City to Azmak. Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer and Christophe Najdovski, President of the European Cyclists Federation, will publish their mutual messages regarding İzmir's participation in EuroVelo that day. On September 20, there is the launch tour of the EuroVelo northern route. This time, with the cycling communities, we will go from Konak to Foça with the İZDENİZ ship, and from Foça to İzmir 60 kilometers will be cycled.
İzmir at EuroVelo
The European Cyclists Federation accepted the request of Izmir to be added to the European Bicycle Route Network (EuroVelo) in 2019. Thus Izmir Turkey became the first city to join the network. It is aimed to develop sustainable tourism, transportation and economy in İzmir with the addition of the 500-kilometer bicycle route that connects the ancient cities of Bergama and Ephesus as a continuation of the EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean route.
EuroVelo includes 70 long-road bicycle routes, which are planned over 45 thousand kilometers in Europe, and 16 thousand kilometers of which have been completed. EuroVelo bicycle routes help cities in the countries they pass through to gain prestige and support the development of the socioeconomic structure.
The “EuroVelo 16-Mediterranean Route”, which is one of the 8 long road bicycle routes of EuroVelo and includes Izmir, starts from Spain. It continues through France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and passes through 12 countries, including Greece and Southern Cyprus. There are 23 world heritage sites and 712 fish species unique to the Aegean Region on the route. With the addition of Izmir to this network, the list is expected to become even richer.