Konya Bicycle Festival, which will be held by Konya Metropolitan Municipality between 22-23-24 October, has started. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival held in Kılıçarslan City Square, Konya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay stated that October has almost turned into a festival month in Konya. Stating that the activities started with the Gastronomy Festival and continued with the Science Festival, and that they will complete this year's festival programs after the Book Days and Bicycle Festival, Mayor Altay thanked the people of Konya who did not leave them alone in all programs.
GREAT SUPPORT TO OUR EVENTS
President Altay said, “There is a great support. This year's Book Days event will hopefully break a new record. We could not do it last year due to the pandemic, but in 2019, 522 thousand people attended with a record participation. As of last night, we passed the number of 500 thousand. This shows how important these jobs are.” said.
BY THE FESTIVAL, OUR CHILDREN'S AND YOUTH'S INTEREST IN CYCLE WILL INCREASE AGAIN
Underlining that there are currently two important agendas in the world, President Altay said, “The first is health, the second is the environment and climate change. If we want to live healthy and respect the environment, the vehicle we will use for transportation should be a bicycle. Bicycle is a means of transportation that has been used extensively in Konya since the past. You can see people of all ages riding their bikes. Of course, while these are happening, Konya's bicycle infrastructure is just as important. Konya is a city ahead with the longest bicycle path in Turkey. We have not only built a bicycle path, but also our bicycle tram, bicycle parks in all parking lots, bicycle apparatuses in buses, our Bicycle Master Plan with the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, our new 80-kilometer bicycle path, Mevlana Cycling Tour, Presidential Cycling Tour. is the registration. Again, the first in Turkey, the velodrome, where competitions can be held at international standards, is rising in our city. Hopefully, this festival will lead to a renewed interest in cycling, especially among our children and young people.” he said.
Noting that they will host bicycle lovers at Kılıçarslan Square until Sunday evening, Mayor Altay invited Konya residents of all ages to the festival and thanked the organizations that contributed.
President Altay also gave the good news that they will present two thousand scooters to children aged 7-15 for the festival.
THIS CITY FITS THE BEST OF EVERYTHING
Meram Mayor Mustafa Kavuş said: “This city also reads books, does science-related and food-related work, and also rides a bicycle. This city is the best of everything. We are also striving to do the best that suits our city. Thank you very much to our mayor of the city. Konya has always been a city that made a lot of noise, but lately, it is on the way to become a brand city by showing itself well both inside and outside with these big events.”
THANKS TO THE PRESIDENT ALTAY
MHP Konya Provincial Chairman Remzi Karaaslan thanked Metropolitan Mayor Altay for the organization of the Konya Bicycle Festival.
AK Party Konya Provincial President Hasan Angı said, “It is important that our esteemed Metropolitan Mayor and his team organize such a festival in order to remember one more beauty of our Konya together. I would like to thank everyone who contributed. I wish our precious children and young people to have a good time.” made the statement.
KONYA BY BICYCLE, BICYCLE BRINGS TO KONYA
AK Party Konya Deputy Ahmet Sorgun, wishing that the event would be beneficial, said, “When bicycle is mentioned, Konya comes to mind, when Konya is mentioned, bicycle comes to mind. Previously, our President distributed 45 thousand bicycles. When I told about the places I went to in Turkey, no one could believe it. I would like to thank the Mayor of the Metropolitan Municipality for this. It is not correct to see the bicycle as just a sports vehicle. The bicycle should be seen as a means of transportation. If we use it as a means of transportation, then we will use it for its intended purpose. We should use the bicycle as a means of transportation so that we can solve the transportation problem.” said.
After the opening speeches, three young people who use shared bikes the most were presented with bicycles, and then the stands in the festival area were visited.
A FESTIVAL FULL OF BICYCLE EVENT AREAS WILL BE EXPERIENCED
In the festival area, where there are bicycle tracks, bicycle competition and show areas, bicycle playgrounds, playgrounds and exhibition areas, as well as stands of bicycle brands and many other events, the “Bicycle City Konya” Photo Contest Exhibition and the Bicycle Photography Exhibition in Old Konya are also among the visitors. is offered to your liking.
Konya Cycling Festival, which will continue until Sunday, will be open to the visit of bicycle lovers between 10.00-18.00.
Young people aged 2-7 can apply to the Konya Metropolitan Municipality's 15 thousand scooter lottery from the address of “bikefestivali.konya.bel.tr” until 24 on Sunday, October 20.00.