Bike Commuting in Istanbul

Couple of strategies for bike commuting in Istanbul I’ve learned over the past year:

  • Know your route. you need to use 100% of attention to watch what people/cars/buses/teyzes are doing around you. if you’re looking for your turn, you’re probably gonna rear-end a bus or take out a stroller
  • Rush hour is your friend. Standstill traffic creates several impromptu bike lines, but watch out for pedestrians with the same idea.
  • Sidewalk when necessary. It’s painful for me to write that, especially after 4 years of bike commuting in the States, where cyclists tend to cede the road to cars too easily, but sometimes it’s necessary in Istanbul.  Curb-hopping is an essential skill for the Istanbul bike commuter.
  • Always be prepared for an abrupt stop.  Speed-check on downhills, even when ostensibly clear.

Regardless, get out there on a bike! You’re not gonna die… and if you do it’s for a good cause. 

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About mjbutterworth

I love drinking/making coffee, making/listening to music, riding bicycles, and reading about theology. I also like blogs that talk about those things. Most of all, I love Jesus because his gospel has changed my life.
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One Response to Bike Commuting in Istanbul

  1. Peter says:

    Better watch out for “teyze”s. Im loving it 😀

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