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How Historic Istanbul Improved Air Quality by Putting Pedestrians First

No to cars, yes to people

After years of intense traffic congestion, Istanbul began pedestrianizing its Historic Peninsula in 2005, prioritizing walkability and improving local air quality. It has pedestrianized 295 streets since 2010, making the region a vital transport hub for Istanbul’s citizens.[read more]

Istanbul to Build 1,050km of Cycle Lanes to Beat Congestion and Poor Air

Biking Support in Istanbul

With 14 million people living in dense communities, Istanbul has faced intense traffic congestion and low air quality. To improve livability and public health, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)—the agency responsible for cycling projects— is turning to active design targets, pledging to build 1,050 km of cycle lanes in Istanbul by 2023.[read more]

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UCLG, EU and Four Other Local Authority Networks Sign Historic Agreement on Sustainable Development

January 31, 2015 by David Thorpe

The agreement affects about half the world's local governments.

The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the European Commission, together with three other important networks in local government, have signed a historic agreement to work together on development issues in order to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote democracy and sustainable development.[read more]

Six Things to Know About Sustainable Transport in Istanbul

Istanbul Transport Sustainability

Istanbul has made many strides in sustainable transport in recent years. Through a world class bus rapid transit (BRT) system and pedestrianization of public spaces, Istanbul is working to improve transport access, health, road safety, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions and road congestion.[read more]

Engaging Istanbul's Youth for a More Sustainable City

Youth and Urban Sustainability

A focus on sustainable development can help Istanbul preserve its rich cultural history. For example, Istanbul’s Historical Peninsula – a UNESCO World Heritage site – contains 295 pedestrianized streets that have helped to increase the vibrancy, safety, and accessibility of Istanbul’s historic hub.[read more]

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Açık Veritabanı Kullanımı ve İstanbul Toplu Taşıma Sistemlerine Getireceği Yenilikler

July 21, 2014 by Renée van Staveren

Istanbul, Turkey and Transit

İstanbul (Türkiye), her gün trafiğe eklenen 600 yeni vasıtayla araç kullanımının gitgide çoğaldığı bir şehir. İstanbul’un nüfusu arttıkça ve bireysel araç sahipliği kolaylaştıkça daha fazla sayıda insan bu ulaşım biçimini tercih eder oldu.[read more]

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How Open Data Access Will Revolutionize Istanbul’s Public Transit Systems

July 21, 2014 by Renée van Staveren
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Open Data and Istanbul Transit

Istanbul, Turkey is a city with an increasing car-culture, with 600 new vehicles added to the road every day. As the population of Istanbul increases, and attaining a single-occupancy vehicle becomes easier, more people are turning to this method of transport to get around.[read more]

Peninsulas and Public Spaces: The Pedestrianization of Istanbul

Istanbul Walkability

Istanbul, Turkey, has stood at the center of the Eastern Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire. It has acted as a central hub of political history and artistic creation for some 20 centuries, with remnants of the city dating as far back as the 7th millennium BC.[read more]

Corruption & Passing Motions of Stay in Favor of Construction in Istanbul

May 20, 2014 by The Global Grid

Istanbul and Corruption

Maslak 1453 is an Agaoglu housing project that is nearly completed and whose apartments are already sold, although the courts decided to stop the execution of construction; shortly after, passing a motion of stay. Interestingly enough, the motion has passed as the construction is coming to an end.[read more]

Understanding the Sounds of Istanbul

March 25, 2014 by This Big City

Istanbul Soundscape

From Sao Paulo to Mumbai: the world is moving to urban agglomerations. It is an unprecedented phenomenon, leaving modern society with a lot of questions. What will a world characterized by increasingly large conurbations be like? And how will we manage the megacities of the future?[read more]

Can a Multimodal Istanbul Reverse the Tide of Car Dependency?

Istanbul and Car Culture

Turkey has had good fortune in seeing the personal incomes of its citizens rise from US$ 6,800 in 2000 to US$ 14,700 in 2011. Yet with increasing incomes has come a trend towards personal motorization, with private vehicle ownership jumping from 889,000 to 1.7 million between 1997 and 2007.[read more]

A Significant Problem: Lack of Public Libraries in Istanbul

March 11, 2014 by The Global Grid

Istanbul Public Libraries

In an age with the digitalization of libraries, one still looks for a cozy place to wonder around the shelves of millions of different stories. When was the last time a hand from the fifteenth century grasped onto your shoulder in the dead of silence?[read more]