Athens pedestrians overtaking motorists

Traffic congestion in Athens is increasing at such a rate that pedestrians soon will be able to get from A to B faster than motorists in many parts of the capital, a former government transport official has told Skai. The rate of increase in the number of cars on the streets will mean that the average motorist will not be able to move at a speed greater than 5 or 6 kilometers per hour in many parts of Athens by 2011, Yiannis Golias, former general secretary at the Transport and Communications Ministry, told Skai. According to Golias, certain parts of the capital are already so congested that the average pedestrian’s walking speed is faster than the average speed of a motorist. There are currently about 2.8 million cars on the streets of Athens, which has about 4 million residents. According to transport experts, the city has only a couple of years to solve its congestion problem before traffic grinds to a halt.

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