Participating towns and cities

Contact & Activities

Participating city

İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi (İzmir Metropolitan Municipality)
4.367.251 inhabitants

Local contact

Transportation Planning Department
Özlem Taşkın Erten
İzmir Büyükşehir Belediyesi, Cumhuriyet Bulvarı, No:1, Konak/İzmir
+90 232 293 9120

Participation 2015

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
During the week of 16-22 September, İzmir City Council, operating with the support of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality will organize several actions fully in accordance with this year's theme. Most of the actions will take place in public areas and streets of the city aiming to get the participation of many city residents as possible.
Actions, planned within the framework of European Mobility Week organization are given below:

*** 2015/09/16, Wednesday All Day

On September 16th, Car Free Day will be organized,(the activity is planned on 16th, due to the Religious Holiday for one week

- Several exhibitions,
- Workshops (yoga, cartoon, origami, painting, ceramic, mask, puppet, )
- Concerts,
- Theatre groups performing on streets,
- Dance (on streets)
- Several races and sports activities (on streets)
- Tree and flowers seeding
- Decorating, tree and flower planting for the streets
- Painting and reshaping streets

*** 2015/09/16 -22, During Europen Mobility Week

During 16-22 September, cartoon exhibition on "Car Free Day"

*** 2015/09/17, Thursday, 18.30

A panel on "Sustainable Transportation" will be held on 17th September Thursday

*** 2015/09/20, Sunday, 17.00

Fancy Women Cycling Tour, Izmir

Sema Gür , (44 years old, teacher) has organized the ‘’fancy women cycling tour’’ for the first time in 2013 on World Car Free Day. Sema wanted to show everyone that women can ride a bicycle and can do it even with frilly skirts,fancy dresses and with high- heeled shoes.
Sema created an event on Facebook and invited her friends to join her to cycle in the city on World Car Free Day. Almost 250 ‘’fancy’’ women participated the city tour with their flower-decorated bicycles.
She has created a facebook event and invited her friends. There were more than 500 women all dressed up for this very special event. In 2014 there were almost 1000 women who met in Konak Square and cycled in the city center. This year, 2015, on September 20th, more than 6000 women registered for the bike ride and this tour will take place in 6 different cities contemporary.
For the 3 year in a row "Instead of black clouds of exhaust women will fill the cities with Flagrancy"
The cycling route for the event is easy and short
(approx 5 km). 5 participation conditions are:
1- You have to be a woman
2- You have to be fancy
3- You should come with a fancy bicycle
4- Able to cycle max. 10km/h
5- be able to wave your hand while cycling
This event will be organized every year world car free day for awareness purposes.
If women use bicycles, everyone would do the same, because this is a proof that the city is safe for cycling.
Fancy Women Cycling Tour www.suslukadinlarbisikletturu.com

*** Brochures and promotion materials will be presented to the residents that use public transportation during the week,
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
The activity is planned on 16th, due to the Religious Holiday for one week,
Plevne Boulevard will be announced as car free area for 24 hours. Plevne Boulevard is the main connection road that unites two main squares (Gundoğdu Square and Lozan Square). Both squares are the main areas in which cultural and political actions, demonstrations are being held.
Plevne Boulevard is 650 meters long and it hosts one elementary school, several cafes and pubs, shopping and cultural activities. It is a place stands at the centre of the city and live for 24 hours.
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
Pedestrianisation
  • Extension or creation of new greenways
Accessibilities
  • Create the tactile pavements
  • Create wheelchair ramps
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Use of clean vehicles
Mobility management
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns