The sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation vision of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality attracted Europe's attention. The Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan to be prepared by the Metropolitan Municipality has been awarded a grant of approximately 3 million Euros from the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) program of the European Union (EU). The EU experts who came to the city as the first step of the process gave SUMP training to the personnel who will work in the preparation of the plan.
The European Union, in 2018, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure through out the call for proposals, attended by many local authorities a draft project from Turkey. As a result of the evaluation, the project titled "Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) development and technical support for training and capacity building studies for planning personnel" prepared only by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality was awarded 3 million 199 thousand 845 Euros from the EU.
As the first step of the work, the "SUMP Izmir Workshop" was held at the Urla Köstem Olive Oil Museum. European Union Delegation to Turkey and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Department has organized a three-day workshop, Transportation Department Director Mert Yaygel, ESHOT General Manager Erhan Bey, Inc. ticketing system General Manager Arda Şekercioğlu, İzmir Metro A.Ş. General Manager Sönmez Alev and İZDENİZ General Manager İlyas Murtezaoğlu and technical personnel who will work in the plan preparation attended. EU Expert SUMP Kristiana EU Delegation to Turkey with Chakarova Göktuğ Land Transport Sector Manager, the sump of the essence, principles, stages and gave information on topics contribution to the city.
the first and only in Turkey
Izmir, one of the few major cities to prepare SUMP projects in Turkey and this road emphasizing that it is the first and only city in the EU with the support of the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Author Attacks, the importance of the project, said the following words: "In the recent past, fossils of many of the city Transportation approaches based on fuel and automobile traffic prevailed. This approach has created consequences that cause deterioration of air quality, automobile occupation of the city, increase in fatal and injury accidents, traffic congestion, noise, restriction of pedestrian, cyclist and disabled mobility and impair social equality. Aiming to prevent all these negativities, to create an alternative to the car-dependent urban development and transportation model, and to make economic and environmental sustainability possible, SUMP has been adopted in many cities of Europe today and replaced the transportation master plans. In its simplest terms, SUMP can be defined as an 'innovative, strategic transportation master plan'. It is a strategy plan designed to meet the mobility needs of people and businesses in and around cities, towards a better quality of life. ”
'People' oriented planning
Emphasizing that İzmir's already existing vision of integrated public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian transportation corresponds exactly to the SUMP project, Atak said, “İzmir Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP İzmir) will be prepared in two years. The financial resources of the works will be financed by a grant from the EU. The main goal of our plan is; developing a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable 'İzmir Transportation Vision'… In essence; There are principles of reducing individual car use, increasing public transport, bicycle and pedestrian access, developing shared micro-mobility opportunities, and creating a human-oriented city center rather than a vehicle. Process; It also takes into account the principles of integration, participation and evaluation ”.