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Istanbul's Small Steps to Becoming Biker Friendly

Posted: Jan. 7th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Bicycle racks in Istanbul
Royston Rascals

Istanbul has taken steps to become more cyclist friendly by adding bicycle racks near many pedestrian promenades. Although cycling is not yet popular due to heavy traffic in the city, the city has been taking into consideration methods to make the city more traversable for pedestrians.

The occasional bicycle rack can be found near pedestrian promenades in Istanbul, such as the one pictured above on the Asian side of the city. But the city’s heavy traffic and reckless drivers discourage many would-be bicycle commuters. Developing a more bike-friendly Istanbul was the goal of BikeLab Istanbul, a workshop held in late December and sponsored by sustainable transport advocate EMBARQ TÜRKÝYE, Dutch urban design company YARD 9, and the Dutch consulate in Istanbul.

Consulting the experts

In a city notorious for terrible commutes and congested traffic, encouraging more people to bicycle isn’t just good for the environment — it could relieve vehicle congestion and substantially improve everyone’s mood.


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