One of the more beautiful cities I have ever traveled to, but also maybe the most unfriendly cycling city. In four days in downtown Istanbul I saw a grand total of three cyclists. That is cyclists of all types. I also saw possibly the worst city traffic I have ever experienced, so I guess that makes sense. The Turks are a sporting nation, they have produced world class footballers and boxers, and I noticed a lot of parks with outdoor gyms. So why not cycling, the climate is perfect? The city is truly a clash of historical town planning and modern day transportation. Built on seven hills, the streets are no more than one car wide in the old town. This produced some interesting games of chicken, and a lot of white knuckles on various taxi rides. No room for bike lanes, and no room for tolerance. It made me think how many other ancient cities have failed to adopt cycling because of an inflexible city infrastructure?
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