İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer opened the Uğur Mumcu Monument, Ahmet Piriştina Recreation Area and Bisim stations located in Güzelbahçe Harbor in Güzelbahçe. Stating that 55 stations were reached with the points that were put into service, President Soyer said, "Our main goal is to ensure the widespread use of the bicycle for transportation purposes in İzmir."
BİSİM, the "smart bicycle rental system" of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, increased the number of stations to 55. İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer opened the Uğur Mumcu Monument, Ahmet Piriştina Recreation Area and BİSİM stations located in Güzelbahçe Harbor in Güzelbahçe. Mayor Tunç Soyer said, "Our main goal is to make the use of bicycles widespread not only for hobby and sports purposes, but also for transportation purposes in İzmir."
In addition to İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, Mayor of Güzelbahçe Mustafa İnce and his wife Nilüfer İnce, CHP Güzelbahçe District President Çağlayan Bilgen, municipal council members, bureaucrats and representatives of bicycle associations attended the ceremony in Güzelbahçe Ahmet Piriştina Recreation Area. Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor Soyer said, “İzmir Metropolitan Municipality carries out a holistic and comprehensive policy in transportation as in every field in line with its goal of becoming a sustainable and resilient city. We are continuing important projects to improve public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle transportation infrastructure. For example, all 364 buses we bought join our fleet with bicycle carrying apparatus. "We will continue to take steps one by one to strengthen the bicycle infrastructure throughout Izmir, to increase the rural bicycle routes, and to create a bicycle culture in our city."
Good news for children: 120 kids bikes are coming
Stating that visually impaired people can also use bicycles thanks to tandem bicycles, President Soyer said:
"Children's bikes we achieved a first in Turkey, I would like to herald our work. On April 23, National Sovereignty and Children's Day, we will add 120 children's bicycles to the BİSİM fleet and put them into the use of children from İzmir. Thus, we will ensure that every child in İzmir fulfills their longing for bicycle through BİSİM and at the same time spreads the bicycle culture in our city from childhood. We will open 5 more stations until the end of the year. Thus, we will continue to serve the people of İzmir with the number of BİSİM stations to 60, the number of bicycles to 650, and 120 tandem bicycles and 120 children's bicycles. We think that İzmir has tremendous advantages in terms of bicycle transportation thanks to the bicycle path that surrounds the bay, the bicycle paths we continue to open in important points of the city, its climate and geographical conditions. Our main goal is; To ensure that bicycle use is widespread not only for hobby and sports purposes, but also for transportation purposes throughout İzmir. We know from the developed cities of the world that when the infrastructure is established, bicycle transportation can be used as a multi-functional transportation vehicle that saves energy, does not create a traffic load that is low in cost, does not harm the nature and the environment, and at the same time adds health and well-being to its users.
Thanks to Soyer from Ince
Thanking Mayor Soyer for the new stations, Güzelbahçe Mayor Mustafa İnce said, “Bisim will suit the 7 kilometer beach of Güzelbahçe. "With the completion of the EIA report requested in addition to the coastal plans, the coastal arrangement we will plan with our president, new bicycle paths and beaches, the bicycle will be very nice on this beach."
After the ceremony, the participants took a tour on the beach with their BISIM bicycles.
Can be rented with the mobile application
Bikes from the newly opened Uğur Mumcu Monument, Ahmet Piriştina Recreation Area, Güzelbahçe Port bike stations can be rented with the BİSİM application, which can be downloaded to smartphones. This system will be used in all BİSİM stations in a short time.
Target 60 stations
IZULAŞ General Directorate aims to open five more stations by the end of the year. Thus, the number of BİSİM stations will reach 60; It will be served with 650 singles, 120 tandem (double) bicycles and 120 children's bicycles.
2,5 million rentals
The BİSİM application, which has been rented 18 million since its commissioning on January 2014, 2,5, has 373 thousand members. The rental system works with BİSİM Member Card, credit card or İzmirim Card.