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Highway code

Modern town planning emphasizes walking, recognizing it as one of the best ways to get around town. When the Greek highway code was revised in 1999, the paragraph that gave priority to pedestrians and bicycles on pedestrian crossings – which is common practice in Europe – was deleted. In a number of cities in the United States, perfect sidewalks are rebuilt to create additional lanes for electric scooters, which are expected to free up traffic congestion on busy shopping streets. But in Greece, directly in front of the main offices of the Ministry of the Environment, Planning and Public Works on Panormou Street, someone has installed metal signs – right on top of the brand-new pavements for the blind.