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Bicycle Workshop 19/02/2019


Mersin University Design Group and Architecture Department 4th Grade Students
Icel College Students
Arzu Erturan | Street Our Association
Erman Topgül | Our Association of Street Özlem Özgür Arıkan | Bicycle Activist
Dr. Ekim Tan | Play the City
Frank Alsemacity maker at the Buiksloterham CityLab, NL
Irene Poortinga | Rainproof, Amsterdam
Nida Naycı | MEÜ Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture Assoc.
H.Oya Saf | MEÜ Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture
Semih Temizkan | Chamber of Architects Mersin Branch)
Prof. Dr. Cemile Cındız | İçel College, Biology Teacher
Ahmet Ata | EU Projects Specialist

A pedestrian and bicycle tour was held with the participants to better understand potentials for developing a long term strategy for introducing bicycle as an alternative mobility mode. With the contribution of bike tour; it was aimed to define concrete steps that could be a reference to the proposals to be introduced during the following city game sessions.

The route of the bike that convoy took off from the İçel College, involved the southern part of the Yenişehir Boulevard and the Müftü River - H. Okan Merzeci Boulevard - Yumuktepe-Demirtaş Neighborhood. In the meantime, pedestrian convoy walked by the bridge in the Demirtaş neighborhood and along the edge of the river moved south. Bicycle and pedestrian convoy recorded mobility problems by taking pictures with the banners in their hands. Roman Basket Knitting Workshop in the south was accepted as the 2nd stop. Both groups gathered at this point and made evaluations about mobility:

The flatness of the field is a great advantage for bicycle use.

The neighborhood's approach to bicycle users was positive.

Sewage details for rainwater adversely affects cycling. Intervals are too large and flat, dangerous for bike tires to get stuck.

The bridges on the river are not wide enough for a bike and a pedestrian to use at the same time.

The materials used at bridge exists are not suitable for bicycle use.

Large intersections where bicycles [slow traffic] meet with the motor traffic (in front of the primary school) asks attention for careful integration of mobility modes.

The narrowing of the river bed narrows the pedestrian paths, thus disrupts in the ground gives insecurity.

In some areas thought to be caused by infrastructure, sludges were identified.

Some of the street lamps encountered on the pedestrian path prevent the flow.

After the analysis evaluations were transferred, information was received about the works of Roman Basket Knitting Workshop aiming economic sustainability with local materials. The employment of the local people and the sales of the products created in the workshop as local and international markets, the effects of the Muftu River on this development, the pressure of urbanization and the difficulties faced by the workshop were explained. After this point, we moved to the north along the river and met in the Toroslar Municipality Tortek Ceramics and Jewelry workshop. The handmade ceramic products made in the workshop were examined and the presentation sheets of the ceramics obtained as a result of archaeological excavations at Yumuktepe, which has survived since the neolithic period, were exhibited.