Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş, Urban Development and Accessibility Projects Manager in EMBARQ Turkey, was invited to deliver was invited to deliver a presentation about Transport Policies in Istanbul and pilot cycling and pedestrianization projects implemented in Istanbul by EMBARQ Turkey. The presentation was made to 40 Master in Urbanism students from Sciences Po in Paris.
Bus transport is one of the common system throughout the city. İt is easier transport system accoding to the infrastructure. There are 600 main bus routes that have coordinated schedules.
But there are shared taxis (dolmuş) and private minibuses are also very common and the easiest. They play a key role in the traffic becauce they are more flexible with free stops.
The municipality implemented a user friendly and widely accepted fare system in all municipal means of public transport, based on an easy-to-use smart ticket (Akbil). İn buses also integrated with the other systems. So you have a chance to change more than one systemby this transmission
NMT means reducing speed and traffic volume by calming and constructive measures to make additional streets and public areas more attractive to pedestrians and cyclists.
I want to compare different cities. As you see İstanbul is crushed with the ration of - One in a thousand cycling lanes…
Transport Policies in Istanbul l Çiğdem Çörek Öztaş l SciencePo
WHO WE ARE?
Public transport and non-
projects for sustainable urban
Istanbul is situated in the north-western part of
Turkey, where the Black Sea is connected to the
Marmara, Aegean, and Mediterranean Sea by the
31 km long Bosporus strait.
Today, Istanbul is Turkey’s and Europes
largest city and one of the largest cities of
the world with around 14 million inhabitants
(18% of Turkey).
the number of new vehicles in the
traffic for one day in Istanbul is
additional 84.000 cars every
The increase in motor vehicles is
faster than population growth.
Sea Transport (Ferries)
Light Rail Transit, metro and rail
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
Transportation Modes of Istanbul
The Marmaray Project (Ray’ is Turkish for ‘Rail) includes a
Bosphorus crossing through an immersed tunnel and the
upgrade of the existing suburban train lines to create a 76
km high capacity line along the Marmara sea shore.
“Metrobüs” (the BRT
system of Istanbul), the
first phase of which was
commissioned in 2007 by
IETT with an aim to
reduce the traffic volume
on the main arterial roads
and offer passengers a
rapid and comfortable
journey, has evolved to a
52-km corridor with 44
stations. It handles
trips per day.
BRT System (Metrobüs)
4 technical workshops with attendance from key managerial
and technical staff
Accessibility Analysis for the 10 km of extension of the BRT
Road Safety Inspection for the BRT Corridor of 52 km
As EMBARQ Turkey..
23 millionTL (12.8
investment for the
improvements of the
entire 52 km and 45
Most common Problems are:
• Lack of police control
• Lack of infrastructure
• Safety problems on roads
• High speed transit traffic
• Problems in highway crossings
Thoughts and ideas:
Necessity of continuity the road
Necessity of safe cycling infrastructure
• %67 man
• Most of the
• Bicycle ownership:
generally start to use
bicycle between 0-
82% sports and