Good morning and welcome back to a new episode! In Istanbul, we’re peddling, in the third episode from the “Turkey by bicycle” series. In front is the hotel I’m staying at. For the moment I’m struggling with Google Maps to see where to go. I have about 27 km to go, I want to go to a bicycle shop here in Istanbul. It will be interesting. They wrote to me and asked if I want to stop by their shop. I said “Yes, of course! ” I want to see bicycles in Istanbul, in one way or another. Because here I haven’t seen absolutely none. So we will ride together the 27 km to see how the is traffic here. It’s everyone on their own, so that you know. So, if you see me doing things that I normally wouldn’t do in Bucharest, let’s say, honestly, I make them, because here if you don’t have the guts, or you don’t force your way in you get left behind. That is the point. So, I will ride pretty chaotic myself, because otherwise.. I don’t think I can get used to and it’s pointless to signal, and stuff, because it anyway is not important for nobody around here, believe me. As a first impression, they park even worse than in Bucharest. Here, people open their doors, without even looking. They have nothing to do, not even when they go in reverse, they’re not signaling, when they park.. They inform you by honking, that, yes, surely, you will hear in the episode honks, honks, honks. To my left is.. A road with 6 lanes each. It looks scary. I definitely dont’ want to go that way. I will have to go this way, but.. Unfortunately, I don’t have where to. Tough! Take care because I’m tough, boy! He let me, incredible, thank you! Aa, but it.. The taxi driver stopped. He’s moving. Mother, what noise.. So, you have no idea what noise is to my left. From all the cars. It’s incredibly noisy. Hey you, taxi driver! Boy, boy! That guy with the van, bro, he climbed the curb stone, you’re crazy? I undersstood that here, when you cross the street, you must look 10 times. And make sure, because if the driver is on his phone, it may be possible to.. Not be.. Not be able to make sure anymore. So, the level of the noise to my left is terrible, and to my right, nobody signals. Everyone just goes over you And here, you don’t know where to go to. I will go this way, because I’m with the bicycle. The guy in front of me is on his phone. Writing texts. And sending emails. I’m really not joking, honestly, he’s on his phone. Actually. they’re both on their phones. This guy also got the wrong way. And is going back on the sidewalk. The view in front, is in exchange, abosolutely monumental. It looks really cool! I looked at the speedometer and I was going with 56km/h. Only that I was going downhill. Don’t you signal! Don’t you signal, my friend! Nor do I know which side to keep away from, honestly, I don’t know anymore. I look everywhere, but I see nothing. For those who do not understand the problem, from here, I go in ahead and I selected the wrong lane of traffic.. Aha, take this one, Marius! Take this one! Let’s see how I can manage to go ahead. It will be interesting. And I’m stuck here. It appears that I am not the only one who got lost. At least, I will cross the road here. After this one. Hey! I went against traffic. Of my! Come on faster. It is my only chance, to make the triangle, the other way around practically, because this is the only way. And now I go against the traffic. Aaaa, it’s terrible! I can’t believe it! So, I’m against the traffic. And here I must turn left, to go down together with the cars. It will be interesting. After the Dacia, bam! I’m in. I am not even shifting gears. I set the engine on full speed. Done! In such environment, the autonomy doesn’t even matter anymore. So that you understand the gravity of the problem, Istanbul is a city with 15 million people. 15 million! Oh my head! Someone made a sign, as in, take care of yourself. He’s right! I must take care of me. If I won’t die because of the drivers, I will surely die because of the pollution. The air smells like.. exhaust, like.. staled. It’s.. terrible! The guy in front, with the Opel, also missed the exit. And now is going in reverse. I get you, bro, I also did that. You can’t otherwise, it’s terror here. Now it’s a decent hour, it’s 10 and a half in the morning. From what I understand from.. the locals that in the morning and night is 10 times worse. And last night I got the traffic and trust me that, it’s absolutely.. terrible. I have never before in my life saw something like this.
It’s impossible to predict what happens around you. So dusty! So polluted! I asked a lot of people around here, what’s the thing with bicycles, why they don’t ride bicycles Nobody managed to give me an answer regarding that. And why there are no bicycle lanes and why.. people have no bicycles. Nobody managed to tell me anything. The nasty part, is that, if I ride here in the middle it’s very bad For example, a car from my right passes me by. At least, I see Firea’s bus. That makes me proud of myself.
I’m proud to be from Bucharest. Horrible.. How close he passed. I got 23 km to go. Honestly.. it could’ve been 2 km, because I can’t do it anymore! I can’t take it anymore! I think that these will be the longest 20 km of my life. With his child on the moped, without a helmet, neither the child, nor you.. Honestly, the father of the year.. You, bus, force your way in, because I know that this is what you want. I felt you. It’s very bad that nobody signals and you can’t tell if they are going or not. It’s.. terrible. Come on.. God, how this guy from my left got in! Like, over me. I saw someone on a bicycle! I can’t believe it! Bro, why don’t you signal? Such an idiot, bro, such an idiot. I saw this absolutely incredible view from here. Basically, I reached the sea shore. It’s absolutely incredible this view. The mountains in the distance. Those anchored boats. And the sea, wich is incredibly calm. Let’s get closer to see it From the distance, it seemed nicer instead here is, yuck, filled with paper, napkins and toilet paper condoms Absolutely terrible. It’s too bad I got close. But, from here it’s beautiful. It looks.. Looks beautiful. Both on the phone, muscled in and.. What the hell can you tell him? In what language? And smoke Another one who missed his exit. Where I ended up! I can’t believed it! I’ve ended up in hell, trust me. I will never be able to get out of here. I will have to make a plan. The plan goes like that: I will wait for all the cars in the left to pass And after that, I will go in as fast as I can, because it’s the only way. I wonder that the police didn’t looked funny at me. And after.. exactly 17 minutes. I’m not exaggerating, 17 minutes. Actually, sorry, 18 minutes. I stayed there, waiting. Until I catched a breech to go in. Someone is walking here, by foot. You must have balls. With the bicycle is okay, but by feet.. I wouldn’t have the guts Mother, how close these guys passed each other. Gizas. And this from the right comes. I consumed about.. 10MB of internet, I thing, and I already have to pay 50 EUR. So.. Very interesting. So, I use this app, maps.me It’s not bad, but not great. Sometimes goes crazy, especially when you are by bicycle. Otherwise, these areas don’t look so bad. They look clean, neat, the buildings are.. are okay, they don’t look great, but they’re not looking shabby. What I find weird it’s that there are no sidewalks, I mean.. To go on the sidewalk as a pedestrian, must be a terrible experience, same as in Bucharest, moreover. But, it’s like here is worse. Much worse. Are a few parts where there are sidewalks, but otherwise.. not even by far, and the cars go very, very fast. Way too fast for.. this places. I think that these valleys and hills are a decisive factor for people not buying bicycles. So, they have some hills.. You have to climb so much. And I believe that this is an important factor. And an ebike being pretty expensive.. They would get a car, rather than buy and ebike. And here are the bicycle marks. These arrows, they’re called sharrows which they mark the road with the authorities, to inform you that you should feel.. oh well, here you should ride the bicycle and everything should be okay. But, it’s not, trust me. Everyone it’s on their own. I don’t feel too safe. But there’s no problem, of cours, that you cross my face. It’s ok. I feel that Everything looks lively, that I must admit, that it looks beautiful and pretty and interesting. And I think that, here, you need at least 3 months to discover all the things. What’s the rule in this traffic? Do you speek English? No. No? What may be your traffic rule, father, that is terror. The taxi driver, at least, said that yes, everithing’s fine. In the way that.. Hold on, my friend, that it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. And I must agree with him, it really is. Come on, muscle in. I don’t understand what you’re saying. It’s an ebike. Aa, thank you, thank you. I had the kickstand on. Thank you! WTF, he hit him with the mirror, like “Meh..”. People are.. That is what i like here, that they’re relaxed, it’s if anything happens by mistake they don’t care too much. In the way that if I apologise I move forward, without any problems. Fuck, that one was close Almost every car here have a bumb, a chip, a broken mirror bent door, bend bumper It’s super mega funny Sorry! Zombies here also, bro, zombies here also. I think that if I didn’t had an ebike I would’ve barely managed to climb here. Even with full speed and this street is so inclined, that it’s difficult to climb. Look at theese. What did you do? Here ends my visit to Istanbul. A beautiful visit, from my point of view in terms of the things that I saw in terms of the traffic, unfortunately, it wasn’t really pleasant it was a terrible traffic. And I’m reffering to the fact that everyone runs red light, everyone.. they don’t respect by any means the priority rules, and everyone is trying to.. be in front of you. which, inevitable, leads to an extremely chaotic traffic. I went to the bicycle shop shop which, they’ve invited me to visit them, to see how things happen in Istanbul. I asked them why there are no bicycles, in Istanbul. They answer was very simple because the traffic is very dangerous. Mostly they were renting the bicycles, because people prefer to rent rather than to buy. And this is another reason of why there are not that many bicycles in Istanbul. They wee very welcoming. They made me tea, I had food.. I liked it a lot, they were very welcoming. I put them a bucharestBIKEtraffic sticker And.. To leave my mark here I will place my sticker. We put it this way Done. I sticked it and done. I am even in Turkey. Incredible. Thank you. Thank you, thank you. I have finally arrived in Romania, eventually I rode the bus. The bus costed 40 dollars and the trip took around 12 hours. I spent the longest time at the customs The customs between Turkey and Bulgaria, about 2 and a half hours The bus was excelent! And, as always, thank you very much for watching me! Thank you for all the encouragement, messages, emails that you’ve sent me. The comments that you left to my videos Don’t you forget that you are the best!
We’ll see eachother in the next episode. From Bucharest, this time.
Goodbye, bye, bye! So, I’m simply astonished.
I’m speechless. In general, I don’t have difficulties in expressing my ideas but, I’m simply astonished. The fact that I only saw one bicycle and.. 50-100 meters of bicycle lanes. In a city so big and with so many cars and so polluted it’s incredible. Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go. Go!