Bicycle Route Dilemma in Isparta: Closure/Conversion versus Conservation

Ajiboye J. O. , Eren Ş. G.

Uluslararası Öğrenciler Sosyal Bilimler Kongresi, Nevşehir, Turkey, 22 - 24 November 2018, pp.19

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Nevşehir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.19
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: Yes


Isparta is a fast growing city, an academic destination, hosting thousands with an estimates of 230000 Dwellers. Its city roads are mainly of three (3) graduations which are, the pedestrian route, the bicycle route and lastly the motor ways.  Two years ago, the municipality of Isparta constructed bicycle routes and lay-bys to different parts of the city to be a more livable city. Of recent, a section of the city center route allotted for the cyclist was closed down and converted to other uses whereas a part of it in the urban fringe was still kept on the main transportation axis.

This papers aims to present that the City market economy demands and private interests are stronger that the needs and interests of the community and the urban area to be more sustainable and livable. It evaluates the bicycle route provision of the Isparta municipality, the reasons for building and later closure / conversions while conserving with reference to user / citizen, administration and NGO consultations, literature survey and surveys.

The Paper has the objective to discuss how sustainability and livability can be achieved while the rational behind actions of the local authority for public interest changes and leads the way to a tension between opposing actions of closure/conversion versus conservation. This analysis will enable us to understand the rational for more livable urban areas by using other means of transportation.