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Greece: Leaving the Car at Home

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Public transportation will be free for one day on Tuesday, September 22 as part of the celebration of European Mobility Week (Sept. 16-22).

Motorists are invited to leave their cars at home, use public transport and become acquainted with the new upgraded services offered in big cities.  Apart from events scheduled in Athens, Thessaloniki will also host a bicycle race, starting at 18.00 on the same day at Aristotelous Square.   Marking its 8th edition, European Mobility Week consists of a campaign promoting sustainable transportation. The idea behind the campaign is to raise public awareness of the need to act against pollution and deterioration of urban quality of life.   The European Mobility Week started in the European Union in 2002 with the support of the European Commission and its Directorate General for the Environment. Since then the campaign has been open to every European city willing to participate.   European Mobility Weekwww.oasa.gr

Cycling in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias revealed ( in Greek) on Monday (15.6) a plan concerning the construction of a bicycle road network in Athens, stretching over a distance of 26.6 kilometres – from the northern suburbs of the city (Kifissia) to the coastal area of Faliro- cutting across archaeological sites. The Ministry in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens will conduct a pilot study scheduled to be concluded within a period of 8 months, after which the construction of the road network will begin.  The project is expected to cost €7 million and will be included in the National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) 2007-13.