A First 'Pedestrian Stop' in Istanbul

A First 'Pedestrian Stop' in Istanbul
A First 'Pedestrian Stop' in Istanbul

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey along with WRI Sustainable Cities and Healthy Cities Partnership "Pedestrian Stop" is preparing to sign on to the project. Pedestrian stops, developed to ensure road safety in urban transportation and to encourage alternatives such as cycling and walking instead of motor vehicles, will increase public spaces for pedestrians.

Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM), Turkey WRI Sustainable Cities and Healthy Cities Partnership (The Partnership for Healthy Cities - PHC) stop for a pedestrian in cooperation with Istanbul (Parklet) will design.

Pedestrian Stops are developed in order to ensure road safety in urban transportation and to encourage alternatives such as using bicycles and walking instead of motor vehicles. Pedestrian Stops, which means to create special platforms for pedestrians by expanding the pavement, creates public spaces for residents and pedestrians by increasing the width of the pavement.

Noting that 50 percent of the transportation in Istanbul is done on foot, IMM Transportation Department Head Utku Cihan gave the following information:

“Pedestrian Stops covering a part of the parking lot for two or more vehicles; It can be designed in different ways according to the needs of the region where they are located. Benches, tables can be placed for rest, green areas can be created, it can be turned into mini playgrounds for children, and points where people who are tired of city life can breathe and relax. For this purpose, with the partial widening of the sidewalks, we slow down the motor vehicle traffic in that region. Pedestrian stops to be designed and implemented in collaboration with city residents, NGOs and local governments; It can contribute to the solution of the traffic problem by promoting pedestrian transportation "

Project technical support that Turkey WRI Sustainable Cities Director Dr. Stating that Pedestrian Stops is a common practice in many cities around the world, Güneş Cansiz said, “It is especially important to evaluate it in terms of road safety and accessibility. A regulation that slows down traffic in areas where pedestrian stops are applied. With this feature, it supports road safety and contributes to the prioritization of active transportation types. Especially during the COVID-19 process and afterwards, it is important to create safe areas that belong only to pedestrians within the scope of directing Istanbulites to active modes of transportation such as cycling and walking instead of individual motor vehicles. We hope that the pedestrian stop that we will design with IMM and Healthy Cities Partnership will set an example for all our cities, districts and municipalities and this practice will become widespread.


Within the scope of the Pedestrian Stop project, an online workshop will be held in December 2020 with the participation of IMM's related departments and relevant district municipal representatives. In the workshop, a pilot area where the stop will be built will be determined from the areas with the highest pedestrian population.

In addition, a micro-website will be prepared with all the necessary information to design and implement pedestrian stops. All municipalities will be able to benefit from this guideline site, which will also include examples from the world.


Healthy Cities Partnership; It is run in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Vital Strategies and is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Pedestrian Stop Project is also funded by Vital Strategies, which is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization. The partnership highlights the important role cities have in preventing noncommunicable diseases and injuries by effectively implementing evidence-based interventions.

Being a member of the partnership at the end of 2019, IMM previously received support from the partnership as part of a communication campaign it prepared within the scope of Covid-19. Istanbul, the only city in support of Healthy Cities area in Turkey is a member of the Partnership. Cities that are members of the partnership are taking important steps in creating healthier and safer areas.


Previously EMBARQ WRI known as Turkey Turkey Sustainable Cities, World Resources Institute (World Resources Institute - WRI) depending on whether sustainable WRI who works for the city Ross Center for a member of the Sustainable Cities network. Turkey, Brazil, China, India and the WRA who are serving in 5 centers, including Mexico Sustainable Cities, "people-oriented cities" thought the action on the environment and human health, sustainable way to every day more threatening urban transportation problems producing solutions. It designs these solutions and puts them into practice with local governments. For more information about Turkey WRI Sustainable Cities: www.wrisehirler.org


The Partnership for Healthy Cities (PHC) is a respected global network of cities committed to saving human lives by preventing noncommunicable diseases and injuries. This partnership, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and led by the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, enables urban dwellers to develop high-impact policies and interventions to reduce risk factors.

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