Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Mehmet Sekmen said “We will make Erzurum an accessible city as well as an accessible city”. Turkey and co-funded by the EU, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure conducted by the "Accessibility Project of Passenger Transport Services in Turkey" s Erzurum Workshop was held today. Speaking at the workshop held at the Atatürk University Nene Hatun Cultural Center with the participation of Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Mehmet Sekmen, Mayor of Metropolitan Municipality, emphasized the importance of being accessible in transportation services. Underlining that a large portion of their shifts in Erzurum are reserved for transportation services, Sekmen said that it is important to be at least as accessible as transportation.
DRAW ATTENTION TO TRANSPORT INVESTMENTS
"Accessibility of Passenger Transport in Turkey Project", the transportation and especially in the passenger transport sector in Turkey is a very serious development and noted that changes to opening the door Tab, in the field of transportation Turkey's largest distance recorded also drew attention. Tabs, air, sea, road and rail transport in the history of the Republic recalled largest investment was made, has risen continuously strips the shuttle and Turkey voiced reached a point where almost stature is competing with developed countries in the world in this field.
Stating that transportation is a necessity and a sign of civilization, President Sekmen said, er The countries where transportation facilities are unlimited and can be easily used in all aspects should be appreciated; standard These are the countries where the standard of living is high and the power is fully retained ”.
REMOVING SILKWAY FROM SEKMEN
Stating that the only factor that Erzurum has been a full-fledged trade center in the past was transportation, Sekmen said, büyük It also shows the great steps taken by our government and the new transportation projects it has implemented; The historical Silk Road revives once again and comes to life with a new spirit and a new vision. This is the main reason underlying the fact that these developments excite and delight us. Because we know that; We will complete our socio-economic development process with transportation opportunities and eliminate the interregional development gap thanks to transportation opportunities. In this context, I would like to thank our government in general and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in the presence of you for the opportunities and opportunities it provides. ”
A BIG PART OF OUR MESSAGE IS TRANSPORTATION
As much as the importance of transportation, there is a much greater meaning to transportation services. kazanExplaining the “Accessibility” model, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Sekmen said, “If you cannot make all segments of the society benefit equally and easily from the services you provide in the field of transportation, if you cannot make the disabled, elderly and citizens with limited mobility fully benefit from these services and opportunities, it means that you have left your transportation goals unfinished. Therefore, the “Accessibility of Passenger Transport in Turkey Project” is a very important awareness step in our opinion,” he said. Emphasizing that the accessibility of transportation services puts the biggest responsibility on local governments, Sekmen said, “I would like to point out that; Perhaps the area where we spent most of our shifts during our tenure was transportation. New transportation networks to our city kazanIn addition to climbing, updating the existing roads and redesigning them according to the needs of the day has always been among our priorities. Of course, while doing this, our basic philosophy is; has also made our transportation networks and vehicles accessible. In this process, which we carry out with an empathetic approach, we have done and continue to work in many areas, from bus stops in Erzurum to our public transportation vehicles, from ramps for the disabled to palpable surface roads in sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.
EXPLAINED ACCESSIBLE TRANSPORT IN ERZURUM
Sekmen explained that all vehicles engaged in passenger transportation can easily be used for disabled, elderly and mobility-restricted citizens. Taking into consideration the harsh winter conditions of Erzurum, we also put the needs of our disabled citizens at the forefront with Smart Stops at our bus stops, which are our own design. Within the stops, we have created special areas for our disabled citizens so that they can wait with their wheelchairs if necessary. We are currently conducting a new study on the smart stop application. In the near future, we will equip our smart stops with audible and visual signaling systems and we will be offering these stops all over the city. Another area we are working on is the urban traffic and signaling system. We will update this system and reach a level that can fully meet the expectations of our disabled citizens. Again, we have designed our streets, boulevards, pavements, squares and social spaces specially for our disabled citizens in order to create a city with the highest level of accessibility. So consider that; Today, a brother or sister with physical or physical disabilities who leave his home in Yıldızkent, which is the furthest away from the city center, can easily reach the point of the city thanks to the sensible surface roads, accessible transportation means and smart stops.
SERVICES FOR THE HANDICAPPED IN ERZURUM
According to the data of the Turkish Statistical Institute; Reminding that there are approximately 55 thousand disabled citizens in Erzurum, Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mehmet Sekmen said that this situation also means a great responsibility for them. Sekmen said, “This ratio, which constitutes a considerable share in the total population of the city, inevitably imposes very special responsibilities on us. community of people with disabilities kazanUndoubtedly, our government has made great efforts to enable them to take an active role in socio-economic life. In addition to these studies, we also; We have also mobilized our Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality. We have distributed countless battery powered and wheelchairs to our disabled brothers and sisters. Not content with this, we also established a repair workshop in our municipality. In other words, our workshop immediately mobilizes for any disabled brother whose battery or wheelchair malfunctions and repairs and delivers their chair free of charge. In our Disabled Coordination Center, which we opened its doors to service just last month, everything is done to ensure that our disabled brothers and sisters are included in social life.”
BÜYÜKŞEHİR'S DISABILITY SENSITIVITY
Mayor Sekmen listed the services provided by the Metropolitan Municipality for disabled citizens in Erzurum as follows: “We allocate free shuttles for disabled students, we transport them in vehicles that we have specially allocated to their schools. We have a protocol with both national and local companies for the employment of our disabled brothers and sisters, and in accordance with this protocol, we give priority to our disabled brothers and sisters who are looking for a job. We sell water to our disabled citizens at a discount of 50 percent, and we also make them use our transportation services free of charge. Again, at ESMEKs operating under our municipality, we provide both vocational and artistic trainings for our disabled brothers and sisters, and equip them with a competency that can contribute to their own family budgets. With this and many other services, I hope our disabled brothers and sisters can live their lives away from all kinds of problems, produce and produce Erzurum. kazanWe will make it a modern city that they can reach and reach. In this context, I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who contributed to the preparation and execution of the Accessibility of Passenger Transport Project in Turkey, and to express that we will gladly fulfill any responsibility that may fall on us.”