African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6169

Full Length Research Paper

Public opinions about the use of highways as scenic roads: The sample of Erzurum – Çaykara – Of route

Işik Sezen and Sevgi Yilmaz*
Department of Landscape Architecture,  Faculty of Agriculture,  Atatürk University, Erzurum 25240, Turkey.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 08 January 2010
  •  Published: 18 April 2010

Abstract

In this questionnaire study, which was conducted to determine public opinions and expectations about the use of highways as scenic road in order to contribute the aim, an alternative road, Erzurum - Çaykara - Of route, which connects Eastern Anatolia Region to Eastern Black Sea Region, was evaluated. Questionnaire survey was conducted over 110 people who had previously seen, used or known the route and xtest and frequency distribution methods were applied to evaluate the results. It was found from the analysis that participants considered Uzungöl Nature Park to be the most preferable while Erzurum - Alkali route to be least preferable. Of the participants 40.9% stated that they preferred Bayburt – Of route because they liked the scenes on this route while 19.1% claimed that the scenes on the route of Erzurum - Bayburt are beautiful. It was also determined that 50% of the participants preferred Soğanli Mountains on Bayburt to Çaykara route since they like adventure and the reason why they are impressed by the journey through Soğanli Mountain is the scenic beauty, which is in the first row for significance order. In the order of deficiencies on the route, traffic security took place in the first order. Among the tourism activities which can be performed in the study area, plateau tourism and winter tourism took place in the first two rows whereas safari was at the last row. As a result of the study, it was determined that study route should be evaluated as scenic road.

 

Key words: Scenic quality, questionnaire, Erzurum-Bayburt-Çaykara-Of highway route.

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