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Ready to tour historic peninsula with bicycles?
1.       tunci
7149 posts
 03 Sep 2011 Sat 12:18 pm

Ready to tour historic peninsula with bicycles?

 

 

Some 10 bicycle terminals will be set up in Istanbul’s historic peninsula for  the smart bicycle project, which is expected to start in three to four months. AA photo

Some 10 bicycle terminals will be set up in Istanbul’s historic peninsula for the smart bicycle project, which is expected to start in three to four months. AA photo

Plans to turn Istanbul’s historic peninsula into a bicycle-friendly zone are underway, the mayor of the city’s Fatih Municipality has said.

We are done with the details of the project; soon it will be up for bidding,” said Fatih Mayor Mustafa Demir. “We are working for human centered-service and making the area more walkable.”

The municipality has already closed the area to traffic between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. everyday so that tourists and other people can walk freely, Demir added. “The streets are very small and they do not allow both walking and driving,” he said.

The new “smart bicycle project” will start in three to four months with 111 bikes, according to the mayor.

“People will be able to rent these bikes with their credit cards and drop them off in a different place than where they rented them,” Demir said. “We will have 10 terminals on the historic

peninsula allowing people to, for example, rent a bike in Eminönü and leave it at the Grand Bazaar.”

Out of the 111 total bicycles, 10 will be usable by the disabled and 45 will be hybrid bikes.

“This will also be a solution for the car-parking problem in the area and contribute to solving the traffic problem,” Demir said.


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2.       stumpy
638 posts
 04 Sep 2011 Sun 06:18 am

we have a similar program here in Montreal, it´s called Bixi project and was launched may 12th 2009 and started with 5050 bicycles and 450 stations and the yearly pass to use the bikes is 78$ for 1 year

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