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Urban designers improve conditions for pedestrians In Istanbul

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Disabled, Europe, Occupational health and safety, Pedestrian, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Urban planning |

Istanbul streets

Uneven paving in Istanbul can complicate travel for wheelchair users

A Turkish group specializing in urban design has presented its dream to make Istanbul a city better suited to pedestrians.

The group, TAG Platforms, wants the city “designed with pedestrian-ways”, in which “cars will be prevented from parking on pedestrian-ways, there will be an increase in wheelchair access, and the removal of obstructions from established pedestrian-ways.”

Major obstacles include a lack of many car-free zones; few traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossings; and a lack of awareness and respect on the part of drivers for pedestrians and pedestrian crossings.

According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 2,000 pedestirans lose their lives each year on Turkish roads.

For more on the TAG initiative, go here.

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