İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer implemented the “children's bicycles” project for the first time in Turkey in İzmir. Speaking at the promotional event of the project, President Soyer said, “In this way, we support the development of cycling culture in our city from childhood. "We are offering 120 children's bicycles, which we planned to be two at each BİSİM station, to the service of children from Izmir."
İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer implemented the children's bicycles project in İzmir for the first time in Turkey to develop the bicycle culture in İzmir. Speaking at the project promotion event held in İnciraltı City Forest on May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day, Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “Today we are again pioneering the cities of our country and bringing children's bicycles to life in İzmir for the first time in Turkey. In this way, we support the development of cycling culture in our city from childhood. Today, we offer 120 children's bicycles, which we planned as two at each BİSİM station, to the service of children from İzmir. With this project, we reached a total capacity of 650 bicycles in the BISIM fleet, 120 of which are adults, 120 are tandem and 890 are children's bicycles, ”he said. Soyer cycled with the participants from İnciraltı City Forest to İzmir Marina.
First in Turkey: Tandem bicycles
Mayor Tunç Soyer stated that their priority is to develop public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle transportation in İzmir within the framework of environmentally friendly and people-oriented transportation policies and said, “We are strengthening the bicycle infrastructure in order to popularize the bicycle as a means of transportation beyond being a hobby. The most important focus of these efforts is our Smart Bicycle Rental System, namely BISIM. With its 373 thousand members, BİSİM is one of the most important projects implemented by the public in our country in order to encourage the use of bicycles in İzmir. We have made many innovations in BİSİM in the last two years: Fahrettin Altay, Mavişehir İZBAN, Bornova Metro, and we put our new BİSİM stations into service in Buca Hasanağa Park. We increased the number of BİSİM stations to 55 throughout İzmir. Until the end of this year, we will increase the number of stations in İzmir to 60. We established a rental bicycle system for our citizens living in Gaziemir, Narlıdere and Güzelbahçe districts. We broke new ground in bicycle transportation in Turkey with tandem bicycles. By enabling more than one person to use bicycles at the same time, we removed the obstacles to bicycle transportation for our visually impaired citizens, ”he said.
Stating that the value of bicycles is better understood all over the world during the pandemic period, Soyer said that bicycle factories are operating at full capacity and cash support is provided to bicycle users in European countries. Emphasizing how accurate and important the projects of BİSİM that develop the bicycle roads of the Metropolitan were revealed in such an environment, Soyer said, “During the pandemic, Şehit Nevres, Vasıf Çınar, 2nd Kordon and Plevne Boulevard and Yeşildere side road and Veterans On the street; In our Narlıdere district, we put into service about a 15-kilometer bicycle path between Narlıdere Center and Sahilevleri bicycle path, and in Dikili, Sevgi Yolu and Uğur Mumcu Street. KarşıyakaOur bicycle path works continue on Aziz Nesin in Istanbul, Cumhuriyet and Talatpaşa boulevards in Konak. In addition, our planning and projecting works in Gaziemir, Buca, Çeşme, Menderes, Bayındır, Tire, Bergama and Selçuk districts continue at full speed ”.
Goes up to 107 kilometers
Stating that they are continuing their efforts to expand the bicycle parking areas and bicycle repair stations applied in the city center to the districts outside the center, Soyer continued: “Last year, we offered 35 bicycle repair stations and 50 bicycle pumps free of charge to our citizens throughout the city. In the last year, we have put 85 bicycle parking spaces in service at 779 points. By the end of 2021, we will offer 20 repair stations and approximately 250 bicycle parking spaces for the use of our citizens. Izmir currently has 84 kilometers of bicycle path and this number will soon be 107 kilometers. The bicycle path that encircles the bay has been completed. In addition, we plan to establish an additional 103 kilometers of bicycle path in the short term and 248 kilometers in the medium and long term. Thus, we anticipate increasing the ratio of bicycles in the distribution of daily travel in İzmir from 0,5 percent to 1,5 percent. "
To leave a beautiful Izmir to future generations
Emphasizing that all of the disasters we suffered in İzmir in just two years are the result of multi-dimensional destruction in nature by humanity, Soyer said, “This is why we are trying to develop the transportation problem in İzmir with a comprehensive planning approach and modern and innovative transportation alternatives. Our large metro and tram investments, electric buses, and the work we do in sea transportation are all results of this. And of course, this is the main reason why we put the children's bicycles that bring us together today into service. I mean, to leave a beautiful Izmir for future generations… ”he said.