Bicycles are an inseparable part of daily life in Konya, Turkey’s largest province. The province of more than 2.2 million people is estimated to have more than 800,000 bicycles. With new investments, authorities hope to endear cycling to more residents and bolster the fame of the province as home to one of the longest bicycle lane networks at 550 kilometers (341 miles).
People from all walks of life and of all ages ride bicycles in the province. Konya is uniquely suited to becoming Turkey's cycling capital as it has no major uphill roads and steep hills unlike other parts of the country. Cycling is not just a form of transportation in the province, but a common tool for exercise and leisure for thousands of people. Except in extreme weather conditions, bicycles are a common sight in the province throughout the year. Local municipalities seek to promote bicycle use by introducing new facilities for cyclists, from trams and overpasses exclusively designated for riders.
The country’s first Olympic velodrome is also being built in Konya. Velodrom, which has a 250-meter track, will be Turkey’s first indoors velodrome.