Izmir Metropolitan Municipality hosted the 'European Bicycle Route Network Workshop'. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Speaking at the opening Secretary General Gokce, to participate in EuroVelo tourism and sustainable recalled that an important element in the city targets, "that manages to Izmir from this, Turkey is a result of our pioneering role," he said.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and National EuroVelo Coordinator The Verim European Bike Route Network Workshop ve, organized in cooperation with Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Association, was held in Fair Izmir. The workshop included representatives from the International Federation of Cyclists' Federation (ECF), as well as many participants from Belgium, Greece and Denmark. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's EuroVelo Mediterranean Route and the technical, marketing and promotional activities to be included in the marking, road works and infrastructure arrangements were also discussed in the workshop, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality's commitment to this issue was highlighted.
Both tourism and sustainability
The opening speech of the European Bicycle Route Network Workshop was made by the Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Mr. Grant Gokce, the country's most western end of the city as a leading model in Turkey and Izmir, a comprehensive policy for the development of tourism said they had implemented. In parallel with these efforts, Gökçe reminded that they are trying to increase the share of the bicycle in the city. Bir We know that being a part of the EuroVelo network carries both tourism and sustainability value. Starting from the ocean shores to Greece, it is important that we are ours. That in Turkey, Izmir is carrying, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is pioneering role. There are many elements that the European nature and history lovers will be curious about in Izmir. Joining this network will provide both residential and daily tourism. This network is an important opening for European integration. We are very pleased. Bundan
Participating in the workshop, Mayor of Cesme Muhittin Dalgıç expressed his thanks for the works of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and stated that they will take part in these works.
In the workshop, William Nederpelt, Vice President of the International Cyclists Federation, gave his presentation titled 'EuroVelo is More Than Riding a Bike', while he was the Chief of Cycling and Pedestrian Access of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Özlem Taşkın Erten 'Izmir's EuroVelo Experience, Limburg Tourism Director Ward Segers' Limburg Bike Network, EuroVelo Founder Jens Erik Lansen 'EuroVelo' from Past to Future, EuroVelo National Coordinator of Greece Spiros Papageorgiou EuroVelo National Coordinator of Greece Spiros Papageorgiou also made a presentation on 'Catching Opportunities by Connecting People and Cultures'.
What is EuroVelo?
EuroVelo is a sustainable alternative tourism model supported by the European Parliament's Tourism and Transport Committee. In Europe, the 70 includes a planned 45 long road cycle route of one thousand kilometers, one thousand km of which is completed. The EuroVelo bike routes provide support for the prestige of cities in the countries it passes through and the development of the socio-economic structure. The ECF, headquartered in Brussels, is run by the European Federation of Cyclists.
We will enter the Mediterranean Route
The EuroVelo 15 Mediterranean Route, which is one of EuroVelo's 8 long-distance bicycle routes and where Izmir is applying for membership, starts from Spain. France, Monoco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and 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 is expected to be enriched.
Over two lines
Taking important steps for the development of tourism in Izmir, the Metropolitan Municipality has made significant efforts since 2016 to join the EuroVelo Bike Route Network. European Bike Federation (ECF) 15 different route from Izmir for the appropriate ken EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean route, applying for the application of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality was approved the same year, the membership is expected to take place in January 2019.
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. Tourists who want to come to Izmir on the extension of the EuroVelo 8 Mediterranean Route will be able to travel by sea to Sakili from Chios to Cesme or from Lesbos to Bergama, Aliaga, Foça, Sasalı, Urla, Çeşme, Alaçatı via Dikili. Seferihisar'a, Gumuldur will reach the Seljuk. This network, which will link the cities of Pergamon and Selcuk in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, will be 491 kilometers long. European Cyclists Federation (ECF), after the completion of the necessary preparations on the route in the route 2019 as EuroVelo Turkey will add to the picture.