In İzmir, which is the first city from Turkey to join the European Cycling Route Network for the development of bicycle tourism, works have also been completed on the Menemen route of the bicycle route between Bergama-Efes with the efforts of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer made the promotion of the 27-kilometer route by pedaling with the participation of Menemen residents and bicycle lovers.
In İzmir, which is the first city from Turkey to join the European Cycling Route Network (EuroVelo), which provides an annual income of 7 billion euros to the tourism sector, developments in this area continue with the efforts of the İzmir Metropolitan Municipality. Work has also been completed on the Menemen route of the 500-kilometer İzmir route that connects Bergama and Ephesus. The 27-kilometer rural bicycle route in the Menemen district has been put into use. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer introduced the Menemen bicycle route with the people of Menemen and bicycle lovers as part of the World Bicycle Day activities. President Tunç Soyer pedaled 5 kilometers to Belen Village.
EuroVelo 8-Menemen tour within the scope of the Mediterranean Route İzmir Route, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Secretary General Ertuğrul Tugay, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Gediz Branch Manager Ali Kemal Elitaş, Republican People's Party (CHP) Menemen District President Ömer Güney, Metropolitan Municipality bureaucrats, Menemen residents and bicycle lovers. joined.
Mayor Soyer, who started the bike ride from Menemen City Park and ended in Belen Village after a distance of 5 kilometers, met with the neighborhood headmen, producer cooperatives, representatives of non-governmental organizations and citizens at the village cafe.
“We will do everything to make cycling popular”
Stating that they are working intensively in İzmir to encourage and increase bicycle transportation, Mayor Soyer said, “We are opening new tracks and routes, we are building new bicycle paths. We will further increase bike stations and parking spaces. For a sustainable environment, motor vehicle addiction must somehow decrease from our lives. The more we depend on motor vehicles, the more we poison our own lives. Cycling is both very suitable for a healthy life and a much cleaner and cheaper means of transportation. That's why we will do everything to popularize the bike and make it use it intensively.”
“We achieve more as we work together”
President Soyer, who completed the bike tour and listened to the demands of the headman and producers, said, “Meeting the beautiful people of Menemen is a separate motivation and a source of morale. Very nice people. Our mukhtars are really working hard. Collaborating with them is both a duty and a source of happiness for us. The more we work together, the more we achieve. I am very happy to meet the people of Menemen today,” he said.
What is EuroVelo?
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which has taken important steps for the development of bicycle tourism, joined EuroVelo in 2019. Thus, İzmir became the first city from Turkey that applied to EuroVelo, which has an annual economic size of approximately 7 billion Euros, and whose application was approved. The 500-kilometer-long bicycle route connecting the ancient cities of Bergama and Ephesus is expected to contribute to urban tourism and transportation.