The Transportation Directorate of Antalya Municipality held its first cycling workshop on June 30 to July 2, led by the Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE).
"We aim to integrate bicycle in our transport planning," said Director of Transport Nazif Altınpınar. "Antalya deserves to have a 'state of art' bicycle network and infrastructure."
The goals of the workshop were to conduct cycling inclusive urban transport planning in Antalya, build the capacity of the local cycling team and coach the decision-making and design process.
The workshop introduced the concept of cycling inclusive urban transport planning with examples from other countries. Participants conducted a SWOT analysis, created a cycling vision for Antalya, and developed a conceptual cycling network. A cycling excursion along the proposed corridors was followed by the selection of the pilot corridor.
The workshop concluded with the development of the workplan for the next stage. The local team will be collecting corridor data in the interval between workshops so that the final choice can be made at the next workshop, scheduled for the week of September 20.
The Center for Sustainable Transport in Turkey (SUM-Türkiye) and the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Directorate held a joint press conference after the Cycling Workshop on July 2. Antalya Municipality Projects Coordinator Nurettin Tonguç briefed media about the workshop.
"The workshop reminded us the importance of cycling inclusive transport planning once more," he said. "We had the chance to discuss every angle and decided that bicycle infrastructure will be our top priority for Antalya”.
SUM-Türkiye Director Sibel Bulay stressed the importance of decreasing car usage in cities and promoting bicycles as clean energy vehicles.