Izmir, the First Turkish City Included in the European Bicycle Routes Network

The application of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to enter the European Bicycle Network (EuroVelo) was approved. The extension of the existing Mediterranean Route of 5888 kilometers will start in Dikili and end in Selçuk. Tourists on bicycles will arrive in Izmir via the sea of ​​Lesbos and Chios. When the necessary preparatory work on the 491 kilometer network is completed, the ECF (European Cyclists' Federation) will officially include Izmir on the EuroVelo 8 route. Izmir, including the EuroVelo will be the first city in Turkey.

Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which has taken important steps for the development of tourism, has successfully completed the move to be included in EuroVelo (European Bike Network), which has a economy of about 7 billion Euros per year. The participation of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which applied for the EuroVelo 16 Mediterranean route, which is suitable for Izmir from the different route of 8 to the European Cyclists Federation (ECF), was approved.

Starting from the city of Kadiz in Spain, Athens, Greece, and also two endpoints in Cyprus, the East dakiWest line of 5888 kilometers cycling path network, with the addition of Izmir 6379 will go to the kilometer. Izmir, including the EuroVelo will be the first city in Turkey. Cycling enthusiasts who want to come to Izmir in the extension of the EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route will be able to pass by sea from Chios to Çeşme or from Lesvos to Ayvalık and through the Dikili Bergama, Aliağa, Foça, Sasalı, Urla, Çeşme, Alaçatı, Seferihisar, Gümüldür'dan will reach Selçuk. This network, which will link the cities of Bergama and Selçuk in the UNESCO World Heritage list, will be 491 kilometers long. European Cyclists Federation (ECF), after the completion of the necessary preparations on the route in the route 2019 as evurovelo Turkey will add to the picture. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality will carry out asphalting works on the route in accordance with ECF standards during this period and direction signs will be placed on the route; will hold meetings with the representatives of the tourism sector, local operators, non-governmental organizations and mayors to inform the public about the route.

Most attractive route
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, stating that Izmir will host a very important part of the EuroVelo networks with its natural and cultural riches and strong touristic potential, ı We have arranged our route so that tourists with bicycles can access most of the natural and cultural attraction points of our city. The route will basically connect the ancient cities, while at the same time allowing the visitors to experience many cultural and natural, local values. Among these attraction points are the 8500 yearly history of Izmir, the ancient city of the Aegean, the two largest cities of the city of Pergamon and Ephesus, the Ionian cities, the homeland of Europe, Pergammon, the largest of Europe, the Natural Life Park, Homer's house Izmir, Mimas and Narcisus legend with the journey of Odysseia, the last living place of the Mediterranean monk seal in the bay Foça and Mordogan, one of the world's most important windsurfing and kite surfing centers in Alacati, Dikili and Balcova hot water springs, Izmir, founded by Alexander the Great, The world's largest 3. flamingo is located in the island of Bird Paradise and many other attractions are preparing to fascinate the enthusiasts, merkezi he said.

Contribution to Izmir's economy
Tourists who will visit Izmir will have many different settlements on a route extending from Dikili to Selçuk. In these settlements, you will find many different and rich alternatives in terms of both accommodation and gastronomy. These settlements will also be where shopping, cycling or necessary equipment are supplied. The EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean route will support the development of alternative tourism sectors such as gastronomy and agro-tourism in İzmir. Izmir will make significant contributions to the economy.

What is EuroVelo?
EuroVelo is a total of 70 long-distance cycling routes of which 45 thousand km have been completed, planned over 16 thousand km. EuroVelo bike routes, the prestige of the cities in the countries it passes kazanIt provides support for the economy and the development of the socio-economic structure. It is a sustainable alternative tourism model supported by the Tourism and Transport committee of the European Parliament. ECF is administered by the European Cyclists Federation, headquartered in Brussels/Belgium. It is stated that the EuroVelo bicycle tourism network brings about 14.5 billion Euros of gross income per year, 6.4 billion Euros with 46 million accommodation bike tours and 700 million Euros with 7 million daily tours.

Which countries are on the Mediterranean Route?
The EuroVelo 16 Mediterranean Route, one of EuroVelo's 8 long-distance road routes, begins in Spain. France, Monoco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia - Hersek, Montenegro, Albania, Greece and Cyprus, including 11 is passing through the country. There are 23 world heritage sites and 712 fish species of Aegean Region. With the addition of Izmir to this network, the list will grow.

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