The Izmir Cycling Scan is a large scale assessment developed by FABRICations and WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities to evaluate potential for the adoption of cycling as a vehicle for sustainable urban development in the third largest city in Turkey. The city already has various ongoing initiatives in promotion and planning of cycling infrastructure. In this context, we were invited to evaluate additional functions that cycling could take over in a multi-modal transportation framework.

In collaboration with the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality and the Dokuz Eylul Universitesi, the project team assessed the existing urban system on two scales: street level and urban level.  On a street level, site survey and analytical sections were operated to evaluate existing street conditions and opportunities to host new cycling infrastructure. Traffic, width, road conditions and historical heritage were among the factors considered.

On an urban scale, a wide range of data was processed around four main themes: Daily commuting, Leisure and free time, Logistics and delivery of goods, and Waste collection. The four flows were used as an analytical framework to assess potential for bundling functions and infrastructural investment.  Each flow could be translated in a series of additional benefits, generating a cascading effect of economic, social and spatial transformations.

By studying potential destinations for most of those flows, we could elaborate on ideal itineraries and combinations. Circular shapes were used to identify cycling radius and translate priority to shared proximity areas.

The research was informed and evaluated in Izmir during a local workshop and informal meetings, receiving inputs from numerous experts, local administrators and stakeholders. As a conclusion, scenarios for use, priority areas and test sites were identified.

Location: Izmir (Turkey)

Program: Cycling Assessment in relation to Sustainable Development – 2040

Year: 2018

Commissioner: Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie

Partners: WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities in collaboration with İzmir Metropolitan Municipality, Dokuz Eylül Universitesi

Design Directors: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn

Project Manager: Luca De Stefano

Team: Seyit Koyunku, Siqi Wang

Terrain Slope. Proximity of terrain curves has been calculated to highlight in green areas suitable for biking.

4 of the 26 analytical maps developed in the preliminary research.
Conclusion maps to express cycling potential in relation to Commuting (Top Left), Leisure (Top Right), Logistics (Bottom Left) and Waste (Bottom Right).

3 out of the 30 analytical street sections developed in the preliminary research. Evaluation for potential hosting of cycling in existing road structure

Priority Areas for the development of a multipurpose cycling network.


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