More than 234 dead in bicycle accidents in 5 years


ISTANBUL

Nearly 55,000 road accidents involving bicycles have occurred in the past five years, claiming the lives of at least 234 people, prompting citizens to call on the authorities to take action.

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More than 57,000 people were also injured in these accidents. These figures are taken from a report that the Ministry of the Interior sent to a parliamentary committee, which received requests from citizens demanding safety measures for cyclists on the roads.

Last year alone, 8,500 accidents occurred, according to data provided by the ministry.

Hundreds of people, including the father of a girl who was killed in a cycling accident, calling for more and safer roads for cyclists have appealed to the commission.

This prompted Belma Satır, Chairperson of the Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Parliament Petitions Committee, to contact the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Environment, Town Planning and Climate Change for information on this.

Both departments prepared their own reports and submitted them to the commission.

The Home Office provided statistics on accidents over the past five years involving bicycles and information on its activities to ensure the safety of cyclists.

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The ministry organizes events every September during European Mobility Week and is engaged in work to make cyclists feel safe, it said in the report.

According to the report, the ministry also follows the recommendations of the European Commission to create an environment encouraging the mobility of people.

For its part, the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Climate Change said that projects have been prepared for the construction of more than 3,000 kilometers of cycle paths and that the development of some of these roads has already start.

Recently, an Environment Ministry official said officials are working on plans that will add the country to EuroVelo, a network of long-distance cycle paths connecting and uniting the entire European continent.

Under the project, a 1,700 kilometer route, dubbed the “Anatolian Corridor,” stretching from the northwestern province of Edirne to the central Anatolian province of Kayseri, would be developed. In addition, a second 1,465 kilometer route, dubbed the “Coastal Corridor”, will be built between Istanbul and Antalya on the Mediterranean coast down to the Aegean coast.

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