The Mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, recently presented a 16-proposal package to combat traffic congestion in the Greek capital and improve pedestrian and driver safety.
Bakoyannis said that the current traffic situation in Athens is “unbearable” and that a “change of model” is needed to regulate it.
During his meeting with the Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras, the mayor underlined the need to create a new body that will oversee traffic management in Athens and collaborate with related traffic planning and enforcement authorities.
“A new plan, strong collaboration and other complementary actions, can help us bring order to the chaos that reigns on the streets of the capital,” Bakoyannis added.
The proposals include the following, among others :
- A substantial improvement in public transport, including the introduction of new bus lines, and the creation of more dedicated bus lanes.
- A greater presence of traffic police on the city’s roads, with a focus on enforcing traffic laws and reducing speeding to 30 km/h on all municipal roads except avenues and highways.
- The strengthening of infrastructure to support alternative transport, such as the construction of more bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways.
- The expansion of the city’s green ring road network and the use of new technologies monitoring traffic, parking, etc.
- The creation of a parking and unloading map for tourist buses, taxis, lories, etc.
- The implementation of carsharing.
According to municipal sources, traffic in Athens today has exceeded pre-crisis levels (2009-2010) and is on the rise making a new traffic management model a top priority that can positively affect the daily life of the city’s residents and visitors.