The Metropolitan Municipality, which produces projects to include İzmir in the EuroVelo network of bicycle routes in Europe, will reach this goal in the beginning of 2019. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality will explain its works to enter the Mediterranean Route within EuroVelo at the 'European Bicycle Route Network Workshop', which it will organize at the Travel Turkey Fair.
'European Bicycle Route Network Workshop' to be organized in cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and National EuroVelo Coordinator Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Association will be held simultaneously with the 6th Travel Turkey Izmir Fair between 8-12 December. In the workshop, where representatives from the International Cyclists Federation (ECF - European Cyclists' Federation), as well as many from Belgium, Greece and Denmark, are expected, marking together with the technical, marketing and promotional activities that İzmir has and will do to participate in the EuroVelo Mediterranean Route. , road works and infrastructure arrangements will also be discussed.
The eyes of EuroVelo will be in İzmir
The opening speech of the European Bicycle Route Network Workshop, which will start on Thursday, December 6 at 13.00:XNUMX, is the General Secretary of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Buğra Gökçe will do it. ECF Vice President William Nederpelt, 'EuroVelo is More than Cycling', Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Chief Dr. Özlem Taşkın Erten 'İzmir's EuroVelo Experience', Limburg Tourism Director Ward Segers, 'Limburg Bicycle Points Network', EuroVelo Founder Jens Erik Lansen 'From Past to Future, EuroVelo' and EuroVelo Greece National Coordinator Spiros Papageorgiou also 'Catching Opportunities by Connecting People and Cultures 'will make his presentations.
What is EuroVelo?
EuroVelo is a sustainable alternative tourism model supported by the European Parliament Tourism and Transport committee. It covers 70 long-distance bicycle routes, planned over 45 thousand km in Europe and 15 thousand km of which have been completed. EuroVelo bicycle routes support the prestige of the cities in the countries it passes and the development of the socio-economic structure. It is managed by the ECF European Federation of Bikers, headquartered in Brussels / Belgium.
“EuroVelo 15 Mediterranean Route”, which is one of the 8 long road cycling routes of EuroVelo and which Izmir has applied for membership, starts from Spain. It continues through France, Monoco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and passes through 11 countries, Greece and Cyprus. There are 23 world heritage sites and 712 fish species unique to the Aegean Region on the route. With the addition of İzmir to this network, the list is expected to get richer.
Dikili from Gumuldur
Taking important steps for the development of tourism in İzmir, Metropolitan Municipality has carried out important works since 2016 to join the EuroVelo Bicycle Route Network. While the participation of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which applied for the EuroVelo 15 Mediterranean route, which is suitable for İzmir from 8 different routes to the European Federation of Cyclists (ECF), was approved in the same year, it was reported that membership acceptance is expected to take place in January 2019.
Starting from the city of Kadiz in Spain, in Athens, Greece and also in Cyprus, the 5888-kilometer network of cycling routes in the East-West direction will increase to 6379 kilometers with the addition of İzmir. Izmir, including the EuroVelo will be the first city in Turkey. Bicycle tourists, who are on the extension of the EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route and want to come to İzmir, can pass by sea from Chios to Cesme or from Lesbos island to Dikili and via Bergili, Aliaga, Foça, Sasali, Urla, Cesme, Alacati and It will reach Seferihisar and Selçuk via Gümüldür. This network, which will connect the districts of Bergama and Selçuk, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will be 491 kilometers long. European Cyclists Federation (ECF), after the completion of the necessary preparations Turkey route on the route in 2019 as EuroVelo will add to the picture.