Increasing Quality and Accessibility of Streets in Çankaya Neighborhoods in Ankara, Turkey


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Project Overview

The project is built upon three components for achieving the desired impact. These include;

• Urban Design and Implementation Plans for Healthy Streets (Methodology for measuring the quality of public space and prioritization for pilot area selection, Strategic Plan, Urban Design Project, Participatory Design Process, Manual for Implementation)
• Capacity Building (Training Programme, Municipal Networking Activity, Adaptation to Municipality Regulatory Framework)
• Dissemination of the Methodology for Further Replication (Design Manual Handbook for Healthy Streets, Communication and Promotion, Future Actions for Sustainability)


  • Transport & Mobility
  • Urban Infill & Public Space
  • Others (Streets Design)
Funding Goal
Western Asia and Arab States


The main objective of the project “Increasing Quality and Accessibility of Streets in Çankaya Neighbourhoods in Ankara” (further shortly named as Çankaya Healthy Streets Project) is to provide technical assistance and capacity building to the Çankaya District Municipality for improving the streets and open public spaces of its neighbourhoods to favour a more liveable urban environment and to promote better life quality. The project is characterized by a socially inclusive and participatory designing approach.

Progress Tracker


  • Phase 1


  • Phase 2

    Urban Strategy Development (Data analysis/evaluation, Urban Master Plan (goals, actions and sub-actions))

  • Phase 3

    Pilot Area Implementation (Understanding the Space, Urban Design Solutions and Physical Implementation Roadmap)

  • Phase 4

    Dissemination for Replication (capacity building, healthy streets design manual, communication)

Current Stage

Feasibility Assessment Stage


The Project is planned as 4 phases; inception, strategy development, pilot area implementation and dissemination phase. Pilot area Implementation phase includes developing strategies, urban design solutions and implementation roadmap. The dissemination phase covers health streets design manual which provides overall guidance to plan healthy streetscapes and create sustainable urban design solutions in various aspects of Healthy Streets Framework. The key principles for healthy streets networking in the city are presented to define the walkability, safety and connectivity. The project scope has only consultancy services without have any construction and site works.

Project Milestones

The project includes a master plan for the whole district that can be implemented incrementally.

ESG Impact

The primary goal of the Healthy Streets approach is to keep people healthy by increasing their activity levels; walking is the most accessible form of physical activity. Encouraging people to walk more often is one of the easiest ways to increase population-wide activity levels. Some groups such as older people, children, car owners and disabled people are less likely to meet the minimum activity level required to remain healthy. By enabling these groups to walk more (through accessible pavements, places to rest, behaviour change campaigns, etc.) we will reduce health inequalities amongst Cankaya’s citizens.

Together with providing social inclusion, it is proven that improved accessibility and a more welcoming street environment generate increases in retail sales in the project areas. It is possible to document the impacts of changes in street design on surrounding locally-owned retail businesses in a rigorous and compelling way, expanding the range of metrics that government agencies as well as communities have available to measure the effects of these projects. Changes in travel patterns, spending patterns and neighbourhood desirability caused by changes in the street environment can impact businesses and ‘property owners’ bottom lines, most directly by affecting retail sales but also by affecting, among other things, retail rents, office rents, and commercial property values.

If changes to a street lead to more or fewer potential customers making trips to that street or change the frequency or spending patterns of their trips, then local retail sales may be affected. Improving access for other modes – by adding bike lanes or bike parking improving bus service and connections to transit, widening sidewalks or making it easier to cross the street, all solutions suggested in the project– could increase the customer base.

All strategic and design-based solutions sets and actions proposed in the project promises a system-thinking, which puts a background on the municipality to accept that it should govern a complex social ecosystem. The Healthy Streets Project in the long term will realised many benefits that include:

• Lowered carbon emissions;
• Increased quantity of green coverage;
• Reduction in the number and severity of accidents and near-misses;
• Improved quality of the urban environment;
• Encouragement of healthier and more sustainable lifestyles;
• Improved quality of life and well-being;
• Improved pedestrians and cyclist mobility;
• Improved urban space accessibility for the elderly, disabled and visually impaired;
• Improved urban environments for children;
• Increased opportunities for social interaction within residential streets;
• Achievement of community involvement and local empowerment; and
• Strengthened sense of community identity and collective ownership.


Metropolitan municipality, district municipalities, under-representative groups, and all citizens with a population of 1 Million.

SDG Goals

SDG 1: No PovertySDG 2: Zero HungerSDG 3: Good Health and Well-beingSDG 4: Quality EducationSDG 5: Gender EqualitySDG 6: Clean Water and SanitationSDG 7: Affordable and Clean EnergySDG 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthSDG 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureSDG 10: Reduced InequalitySDG 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesSDG 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionSDG 13: Climate ActionSDG 14: Life Below WaterSDG 15: Life on LandSDG 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsSDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goals


No Poverty (SDG 1): Strategies should be adopted to eradicate all forms and dimensions of poverty. In this respect, the themes of right to the street and inclusiveness come into prominence in order to address the lack of transportation and access within the scope of SDG

Good Health and Well-Being (SDG 3): Healthy lifestyles for people should be ensured. Not only the economically advantageous group, but everyone should be provided with access to high standards of healthcare. SDG 3 is discussed under the themes of security and physical safety, as well as the theme of comfort. In addition, it is related to the themes of right to the street and public spaces.

Gender Equality (SDG 5): Equality between men and women should be ensured. The position of all women and girls in the society should be strengthened. SDG 5 is heavily associated with the theme of voices of people. In addition, it touches upon the themes of security, inclusiveness, and comfort.

Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6): All individuals should be provided with access to clean water in a sustainable manner. SDG 6 is connected to the theme of sustainable environment.

Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7): All individuals should be provided with access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy. SDG 7 is discussed under the theme of inclusiveness.

Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8): In the urban environment, a healthy work environment should be supported with an uninterrupted, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth. SDG 8 is discussed under the themes of public spaces and inclusiveness.

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9): An inclusive, solid, sustainable, and innovative infrastructure should be promoted. SDG 9 is discussed under the themes of physical safety, right to the street, and sustainable environment, as well as the theme of public spaces.

Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10): Regardless of their age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, economic status, or other statuses, everyone should be empowered in the economic, social, and cultural sense. Within the framework of SDG 10; the themes of voices of people, comfort, and public spaces, as well as the theme of inclusiveness, are discussed.

Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11): Inclusive, safe, strong, and sustainable cities and settlements where all citizens have a quality life and where common welfare is achieved should be built. The themes that serve SDG 11 are the themes of physical safety, sustainable environment, comfort, security, public spaces, inclusiveness, and right to the street in that order according to their flow rates.

Responsible Consumption and Production (SDG 12): It should be ensured that resources are used responsibly and that both consumption and production are sustainable. SDG 12 is discussed under the themes of public spaces, sustainable environment, and physical safety.

Climate Action (SDG 13): Action should be taken to mitigate climate change and its potential effects. SDG 13 is closely related to the theme of sustainable environment.

Life on Land (SDG 15): Soil ecosystems should be protected and rebuilt, and their sustainable use should be promoted. SDG 15 is discussed under the themes of inclusiveness and public spaces.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16): Implementation methods for sustainable development should be strengthened. Institutions that are efficient in every field, can be held accountable, and are inclusive should be established by bringing together municipalities, non-governmental organizations, private sector representatives, and universities. SDG 16 is closely related to the themes of voices of people and public spaces, as well as the theme of right to the street.

Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17): Implementation methods should be strengthened, and the global partnership for sustainable development should be revived. The themes that serve SDG 17 are the themes of inclusiveness, public spaces, and sustainable environment.


Track 2

Risks and Limitations

What are the key risks, constraints and dependencies related to the project?


Risk mitigation and continuity

The project will be added in the municipality’s strategic plan and also a continuity plan for the project will be prepared. All the risks and mitigation measures will be defined in this plan.

An official letter of undertaking will be prepared by the municipality.


Funding Goal

Implementing healthy street for variable 20 pilot areas in Çankaya districts will cost about US$3,000,000.
The design, consultancy & supervision services and topographical surveys are also included within the cost estimation.

Type of Investment

Blended Finance

Financing Structure

Public Private Partnership

Secured Investment


Committed Government Funding

To be discussed with the municipality

Committed Private Funding

To be discussed with the municipality


Technical Support Required

M6 The Final Design Manual (Handbook) for Streets includes Design Standards and indicators for HealthyStreets.

M7 The Final Report includes;
• Promoting Çankaya Municipality Activity Report + Video:
• City-Oriented Gathering for Healthy Streets at National Level Book/Report:
– Activities for city-oriented meetings for Healthy Streets at the national level.
– The manual (handbook) can be in the form of leaflets or booklets or posters for specific purposes.
• Final report:
– An outline of the achievements of the project against the requirements set out in the ToR
– An evaluation of the project’s results and outputs compared to projected goals and results
– A critical analysis of any major problems that may have arisen during the performance of the contract
– Recommendations for future actions to sustain the effects and sustainability of the project
– Description of the different options to support an informed
– Discussion on investment planning


Governmental Buy-in

To be discussed with the municipality.

The main stakeholder of this project will be Çankaya District Municipality. Cankaya Municipality is a member of Healthy Cities Network and willing to implement such projects that will help the district more inline with this network principles.

Other key stakeholders are İlbank, relevant departments of the municipality, local leaderships of the district such as mukhtarships, etc.

Other Forms of Governmental Support

The municipality will mobilize their technical team for site supervision and for all design and consultancy services. They will actively manage stakeholder participation and involvement.

National Ministries Involved

Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure
Mİnistry of Environment and Urbanization
Ministry of Health

SubNational Ministries Involved

To be discussed with the municipality. City council, NGOs, mukhtarships, etc.

Other Entities Involved

To be discussed with the municipality.

Licenses and Permits

All the permits and approval processes will be conducted after the final design stage is completed and before the construction is started.


Supporting Documents

No supporting documents included.