TRAVEL 8 April 2021 Demand for cycling and hiking increases with the arrival of spring Posted By: administrator 0 Comment Citizens, who avoid going out in cold weather, started to use the bicycle they acquired in order not to use public transportation during the pandemic process with the spring. With the rise of air temperatures in Eskişehir, people turned to nature. While the bicycle mechanic Köksal Konuk stated that the use of bicycles increased, the repair works intensified, Gökay Konuk, the founder of Eskişehir Bicycle Society (ESBIKE), emphasized that local governments had a duty to increase the use of bicycles in the city. Guests, compared to the importance of cycling in Europe and Turkey. Bicycle mechanic Köksal Konuk stated that the season is about to start in the repair business and they expect an increase this year. Expressing that the tendency towards bicycles increased during the pandemic period, Köksal Konuk said, “The number of visitors for annual maintenance of bicycles has increased. The bicycles that were under the dust in the basement began to appear gradually. “There is a certain demand for bicycles from people as a concept of sport.” Stating that people are starting to prefer cycling or short distance walks instead of public transportation, ESBIKE founder Gökay Konuk said that they received many requests for organizing cycling activities. Expressing that their activities will start after the spring temperatures show themselves after the cold weather, Konuk said, “Demand is high, bicycle sales have increased, but bicycle manufacturers have difficulty in finding materials. “There are some problems for them, they cannot meet the demand,” he said. Emphasizing that people have a demand for bicycle use, Konuk underlined that meeting this demand should be the priority of the local government. Listing the points that need to be improved in the use of bicycles in the city, Konuk said, “Municipalities have an important role in the creation of bicycle paths, parking spaces for bicycle users, and bicycle routes. If these develop, the use of bicycles will increase considerably in the city ”. Saying that meeting people’s demand for bicycles is the priority of local governments, Konuk said, “Municipalities and non-governmental organizations should also encourage the people to use bicycles by organizing activities, and in this way, the use of bicycles will increase”. Compare the use of bicycles in Europe and in Turkey Gökay guests, “When we look at Europe now has adopted the use of bicycles in the peoples there. We see that they use their bicycles not only when going to the market or the market, but in every aspect of their lives. In Turkey, the bike has not yet seen as a report card gift, it will also increase when we transcend our success, “he said.