A Sustainable Bike Sharing System in Izmir, with already 34 bicycle stations, 500 bicycles and improvement of bicycle paths in the city’s coastline.
Tags: Green City, Urban Transportation, Health
The city of Izmir aims to become a Bicycle City, with the promotion of the Metropolitan Municipality. In January 2014 started the project of Bisim, a sustainable bicycle rental system. The main aim of the project is to set the bicycle as an alternative way of transport, since most of the inhabitants of Izmir used to move around the city by car.
The campaign started and in only 5 months there were already 500 users subscribed. The model is easy, the user asks for a member card that is used to rent and return the bicycles. The cost of the service is 2.60 TL per hour, and a deposit fee of 25 TL.
Now, there are already 34 bike stations (with around 700 parking spaces), 500 bicycles and over 1.3 million uses. Thanks to the improvement of the bicycle lane next to the coastal line, the mobility by bicycle is safer. Also the sales of bicycles has increased, since users have get used to the way of transport and do not only consider the bicycle as a sports and leisure vehicle.
In May 2017, Izmir participated in the European Cycling Challenge and received the first position over other 52 participant cities. A total amount of 855 thousand kilometres were ridden by users in only one month.