The Kocaeli Smart Bicycle System "KOBİS" project, which was put into operation by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality in 2014, serves in 12 districts. The Metropolitan Municipality, which encourages the use of bicycles, which is a sustainable and environmental means of transportation, started to work for a new breakthrough with KOBİS.
ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORT SME
The Kocaeli Smart Bicycle System “KOBİS”, which was established to facilitate urban access, to create intermediate facilities that nourish public transportation systems, and to encourage the use of an environmental and sustainable transportation vehicle, started service in 2014. KOBİS, which has been used for 7 years, is preparing for a new breakthrough for the 2021 sustainable transportation target of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality. In order to increase the preference of bicycle transportation within the daily travel share, the 'Bicycle for Everyone' project was initiated in partnership with the European Union.
WORKING WITH THE EU
Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality will work in partnership with the European Union to achieve this goal. Meetings will be held with the participation of NGO representatives, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Health, and the representatives of the central government such as the Ministry of Industry and Technology. In this process; We will work with WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities (WRITR), a research institute affiliated with the Washington DC-based World Resources Institute (WRI), which is registered in Turkey under the name of 'Sustainable Transport and Cities Association'. Civil Society Support Program financed by the European Union III. “Bicycle for Everyone!”, One of the projects that has been awarded support during the period, is a 2021-month project that will continue between April 2022 and April 12. "Bike For Everyone!" The project aims to encourage coordination between NGOs operating in the field of cycling and local and central government units.
BICYCLE FRIENDLY WORKPLACE
As of 2021, KOBİS, which provides services in 12 districts with 73 stations and 520 smart bicycles, has 160 thousand members. In order to facilitate urban transportation and to ensure the continuity of the alternative sustainable bicycle system, "Bicycle for Everyone!" Within the scope of the project, parking units for citizens to park their own bicycles will be manufactured in 12 districts. KOPARK stations will be established around public institutions. "Bicycle Friendly Workplace" principle will be supported, especially in public institutions.
4 DISTRICTS TO BE COMBINED WITH BICYCLE ROADS
Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality will create a Bicycle Paths Design Handbook within the scope of the project "Creating Bicycle Roads Design Guide and Preparing Bicycle Road Projects", which is currently underway. The use of bicycles in urban transportation will be encouraged by integrating Derince City Center and Izmit, Kartepe and Başiskele districts with safe bicycle paths. The route, which will start from Derince Training and Research Hospital, will be integrated into Sekapark from this point by going to the "Healthy Life Park", where the project work is ongoing in the old military area to the south of the hospital, and accessing Derince city center and then the "Derince Millet Garden", which is under construction.
BICYCLES WILL HAVE A VOICE IN TRAFFIC
Within the scope of Izmit City Center Walkway Project, the route study that will encourage transportation by bicycle to the pedestrianized area will continue from this point to the Yuvacık turn. In the second part of the project, the route will be connected to Salim Dervişoğlu Street by following Hayrettin Uzun Street, where the heavily visited Outlet Center and 41Burda Shopping Centers intersect. For bicycle users, every detail has been meticulously handled. In this context, the safety of cyclists and pedestrians is considered among the main criteria in the design. With road regulations, cyclists and pedestrians will have more say in the city.