Athens cyclists to oust illegally parked cars

By the end of the year, work is expected to have started on an ambitious project to trim 2 meters of illegal parking space off one of the capital’s busiest streets for use as a bicycle lane, officials told Kathimerini. If all goes according to plan, and Athens municipal authorities formalize the final deal for the 600,000-euro work with the Transport Ministry, the contracts are expected to be signed in September. Based on a study by the National Technical University of Athens, the bicycle lane will start from Victoria Square in the city center and go along Tritis Septemvriou St to Omonia Sq, Athinas St and the Dionysiou Areopagitou, Apostolou Pavlou and Adrianou St pedestrian network around the Acropolis. On busy Tritis Septemvriou, the 2-meter lane will be built as an extension of the pavement, along a stretch currently occupied by illegally parked cars.