Izmir is included in the European Cycling Route Network; The European Cyclists Federation has accepted Izmir's request for inclusion in the European Cycling Route Network. Thus Izmir Turkey became the first city to join the network. The bicycle route linking the ancient cities of Pergamum and Ephesus will also contribute to sustainable tourism and transportation.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which has taken important steps for the development of cycling tourism, has accepted the application to join the European Bicycle Route Network (EuroVelo) and its membership has been officially announced. At the end of the year 2016, the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality applied to the European Cycling Federation and received the good news. EuroVelo officials announced that the 500 kilometer bike route in Izmir has joined the network as a continuation of the EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean route. Thus, Izmir, attended by about 7 billion euros a year with economic size EuroVelo from Turkey became the first city.
Saying that EuroVelo is an important project combining sustainable tourism and transportation policies and sharing the good news, İzmir Mayor Tunç Soyer said, “EuroVelo membership is a very important gain for İzmir, which works to improve the bicycle transportation infrastructure and bicycle culture. As of today, we are starting route strengthening and development works for the 500 kilometer İzmir extension built in the north-south direction. ” Tunç Soyer added that the addition of İzmir to the EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean Route is also important for the sustainable economy. “Tourists entering the country via the EuroVelo route visit local accommodation, eating and drinking places, local historical and cultural values and it creates a sustainable economic contribution. The investments and regulations made in the city for EuroVelo infrastructure also support the goal of sustainable transportation. ”
The EuroVelo Director Ádám Bodor "EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean rotas to participate in this important part of Turkey's coastline has made us very happy. The ancient cities of Ephesus and Bergama (Pergamon) are in the EuroVelo network. During the application process, we worked very closely with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and were very impressed by the city's bicycle projects. ”
Ferry connection between Athens and Cyprus
EuroVelo 8-Mediterranean Route, which is a long-distance cycling route from Athens to Southern Cyprus with ferry connection between Athens and Southern Cyprus, goes to 500 thousand 8 kilometers with the addition of 60 kilometers of Izmir route. This travel route connects Spain's Andalusia to the French Riviera, the Adriatic coast and the Balkan Peninsula, combining the most beautiful landscapes and cultural heritage elements in the world.
Still ongoing "MEDCYCLETO" project developed under this new route to Izmir in Turkey, the Greek island in the Aegean Sea through the harbor with ferries connecting. Starting from Dikili and extending to the ancient city of Ephesus, tourists on bicycles reach the ancient city of Selçuk by passing through Bergama, Aliağa, Foça, İzmir center, Balıklıova, Alaçatı and Sığacık.
Izmir beaches, tranquil harbor cities and the ancient cities of UNESCO World Heritage list Ephesus and Pergamon are fully compatible with this route. with small sea town like Old Foca, Izmir is located on the route of traditional Aegean architecture reflecting the living area as Alacati, kilometers-long sea views as well as hosts of the items on Turkey's culinary culture.
Direction signs placed at 650 point
Within the scope of EuroVelo, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality made necessary preparations on the 500 kilometer route in Izmir. Direction signs were placed on the 650 point along the route. Asphalting and road arrangement work parts and points were determined; it is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. After that, the places where bicycle maintenance units and repair centers will be settled and bicycle friendly enterprises, eating and drinking and accommodation points will be determined. EuroVelo website for promotional activities (veloizmir.org) is currently in use.
What is EuroVelo?
EuroVelo covers 70 long-distance cycling routes planned in Europe over 45 thousand kilometers and 16 thousand kilometers completed. EuroVelo cycling routes support the prestige and development of socioeconomic structure of cities in the countries where it passes. EuroVelo cycling tourism network 14 million 500 million accommodation with a tour of 6 billion 400 million, 46 million daily tour and 700 million euros annually, the gross income of approximately 7 billion euros is reported.
What is the Mediterranean Route?
V EuroVelo 16-Mediterranean Route İzmir, which is one of EuroVelo's 8 long-distance cycling routes and which Izmir applies for membership, starts from Spain. 12 runs through France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and passes through Greece and Cyprus. The route includes 23 world heritage and 712 fish species unique to the Aegean Region. With the addition of İzmir to this network, the list is expected to get richer.