Awareness events for sustainable transportation were organized by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality within the scope of European Mobility Week. Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, who came to the city for the opening of the week, said: Tunç SoyerHe gave a message of support for the electric road ship project of .
Continuing its environmentally friendly transportation investments for a sustainable city, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality started the "European Mobility Week" celebrations this year with the theme "Save Your Future Energy" and the slogan "Discover Your City". A series of events were organized by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Transportation Department within the scope of "European Mobility Week", celebrated every year between 16-22 September. Drawing attention to the importance of more active use of public spaces by citizens and the spread of sustainable transportation types, the opening of the week was attended by Deputy Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mustafa Özuslu, Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Head of Transportation Department of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Kadir Efe Oruç, artists, activists, Representatives of non-governmental organizations and many citizens attended.
Started using public transportation
For the European Mobility Week events, Cumhuriyet Boulevard in Alsancak was closed to traffic and turned into an event area. Panels and awareness workshops were held on the stage set up in the area. Deputy President Mustafa Özuslu and Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut came to the opening ceremony of the week using public transportation. The guests arrived at Üçkuyular by taking the ferry from Bostanlı Ferry Pier, and then reached Kültürpark Lausanne Gate by tram. In the opening march, which started with the accompaniment of the band, the cortege reached Cumhuriyet Boulevard via Vasıf Çınar Boulevard.
“We are working for a sustainable future”
Deputy Chairman Mustafa Özuslu, who visited the stands set up in the event area, said, “We work for a sustainable future in all our activities. our president Tunç SoyerIn line with the vision of , we are working to reduce carbon emissions to zero, to ensure that our citizens can easily use public transportation for daily transportation, and to be able to move around more in daily life. We are creating more walking paths. We are increasing the share of bicycle transportation in our city with the 5 cents fee for bicycle passengers in sea transportation, bicycle paths and the BİSİM network. "Our esteemed ambassador also gives us great support in this regard," he said.
“I am very happy to celebrate this day in Izmir”
Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey, said: “European Mobility Week is celebrated in more than 50 countries of the world. Many cities are participating in this campaign. Türkiye is among the countries that have participated with the highest number of municipalities recently. In fact, we are trying to adapt to many things. Climate change is one of them. Municipalities are also a major player in this campaign, as they emit very serious carbon dioxide emissions through their transportation network. At this point, both municipalities and citizens can make a great contribution. We can lead huge changes. Today, I am very happy to celebrate the first day of this week in Izmir. Because the city has been one of those celebrating Mobility Week for a very long time. It also contributes to mobility with green transformation. "As the EU, we are trying to contribute to these efforts of Izmir," he said.
Support message for the electric ship project
Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç SoyerGiving a message of support to Turkey's first electric cruise ship project, he said, “Izmir is one of the 10 cities implementing the Smart Urban Mobility Plan. For this purpose, we are trying to update the transportation network in a much greener, more resilient and more sustainable way, and pilot areas are being implemented for this. The second project area we implemented in Izmir is the decarbonization of maritime transportation. The European Union and the European Development Bank make important contributions in this regard. Both the mayor and the municipality contribute significantly to this. We have a really good cooperation with Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Coming here today KarşıyakaWe took the ferry from , and took the tram on the way back. "Therefore, I had the opportunity to experience how the system develops and expands here."