Kemeraltı Closed to Vehicle Traffic within the Scope of Pedestrianization Project

Summer Term Application in Kemeraltin Begins
Summer Term Application in Kemeraltin Begins

İzmir Metropolitan Municipality has decided to extend the restriction period to the entrance of the motor vehicle due to the summer period in order to enable pedestrians to shop in a more secure environment in Kemeraltı and to reduce air pollution. The entry ban for vehicles between 10.30 and 17.30 hours has been extended from July to 1 in the evening.

Kemeraltı Bazaar, which is one of the most important attraction centers of İzmir with its historical inns, fountains and synagogues, was restricted to the motor vehicles entering the bazaar with the priority application of pedestrian transportation initiated by the Metropolitan Municipality last year. Within the scope of the “Pedestrianization Project tarihi, the historical bazaar was closed to the motor vehicle entrance between 10.30 and 17.30 hours. Pedestrians to shop in a safer environment to make shopping and reduce the air pollution in the region implemented the citizens and artisans satisfied the application. With the arrival of the summer term of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, Kemeraltı made a new decision to revive and please the citizens and the tradesmen. In accordance with the decision of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Coordination Center (UKOME), 1 was extended to 2019 in the evenings by extending two hours in the evening when the bazaar was closed to the motor vehicle entrance in order to enable citizens to shop more easily during the summer.

Barrier control
The entrance and exit of the pedestrian zone in Kemeraltı is controlled by barriers. In the system controlled by Izmir Transportation Center (İZUM), moving barriers that read plate are used and motor vehicles can only enter and exit within the specified time interval. Emergency response vehicles such as fire brigade and ambulance can be easily serviced in case of need through special communication systems and cameras. During the hours when motor vehicle entry is prohibited, the requirements of merchant shops such as goods entry and exit are provided by hand carts, cargo bikes and electric vehicles that will not exceed the maximum speed limit (20 km) in the region. In the open hours, only commercial vehicles with transportation permits up to 3 tons can enter the area. All loading and unloading operations to be performed in the region take place in traffic-free time zones of the region. The unloading and unloading operations to be carried out in the closed traffic zone are carried out only at the points determined at the pedestrian zone.

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