Konya Metropolitan Municipality gave empathy training to bus, minibus and heavy vehicle drivers in order to better understand the difficulties experienced by cyclists in traffic in Konya.
With 550 kilometers of bike paths with Turkey's longest and busiest bike in Konya, a city used to promote the use of bicycles and conducted various studies to provide a more comfortable cycling in traffic of cyclists. In this context, Konya Metropolitan Municipality organized empathy trainings in cooperation with the Association of Konya Tradesmen and Craftsmen Associations in order to enable bus, minibus and heavy vehicle drivers to put themselves in the shoes of cyclists and to better understand the difficulties experienced by cyclists in traffic.
THE DRIVERS ARE FEARED BY THE HIGH SOUND
In the training provided, the drivers pedaled on the bicycles on the roadside apparatus. In the meantime, the drivers, who were exposed to the intense horn sounds of vehicles that were passing very close to them, were startled and put themselves in the shoes of the cyclists for a moment in the traffic and realized the difficulty of the cyclists.
OPEN IN FRONT OF KONYA BICYCLE ROAD NETWORK
Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay stated that they, as the bicycle city Konya, strengthen the bicycle infrastructure on the one hand and carry out awareness studies on the other. Konya far 550 kilometers of bicycle paths built underlined that the President Altai, 2023 kilometers by building more bike path until 82,5 Konya said they want to clinch the first open call in Turkey.
"THE SAFETY OF THE LIFE OF OUR BICYCLE CITIZENS IS IMPORTANT ABOVE ALL"
Mayor Altay stated that they give empathy training in order for the drivers to be more careful with the cyclists and said, “All metropolitan municipality bus drivers and heavy vehicle drivers participate in this training. The aim here is for our heavy vehicle drivers to learn by experiencing what cyclists feel in traffic. Thus, we want them to treat cyclists more respectfully in traffic. Konya is a bicycle city and dozens, hundreds of people use bicycles as a means of transportation every day. We are carrying out this project together with our Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Konya Chamber of Minibuses. Our primary goal is for bus, heavy vehicle and minibus drivers to receive this training. I hope everyone in advancing the process capacity in Turkey will go through this training. Because the life safety of our bicycle citizens in traffic is more important than anything else. I thank our friends. I hope that cyclists in Konya will continue to use bicycles much more comfortably after this empathy training. " said.
"I hope this SPREAD OF EDUCATION IN TURKEY"
Muharrem Karabacak, President of Konya Union of Chambers of Tradesmen and Craftsmen, said, “Our public transport drivers, minibuses, servicemen, truck drivers and taxi drivers have learned the movement they make while passing by cyclists in the empathy training they receive. This training is widespread in Turkey, where we started our Hopefully Metropolitan Municipality. We would like to thank our Metropolitan Mayor for implementing such a project and turning Konya into a bicycle city. " said.
THEY WILL BE MORE SENSITIVE
The drivers who participated in the empathy training stated that they understood the situation of cyclists better and that they would be more careful and sensitive to cyclists in traffic from now on.