Athenians urged to take a hike

Athenians are today being asked to rely on their feet to go to work, shopping or even for a stroll, via designated «green routes,» as the government presses on with its weeklong initiative to wean city-dwellers off their cars. The Environment and Transport ministries, organizing the drive alongside European Transport Week, are today promoting several environmentally friendly circuits for the city’s tentative pedestrians in honor of «Green Routes Day.» These include: Plaka, the Acropolis, Syntagma, the National Archaeological Museum, Hadrian’s Arch, Evelpidon, Ermou, Pedion tou Areos and Pangrati Park. Walkers will be able to rest at displays, organized by the Environment Ministry and the Athens municipality, in parks, squares and pedestrian zones – including Kotzia Square, Ermou, Vassilisis Amalias and Academias – and at several Metro stations. The walking, and shopping, is set to continue tomorrow when the route between Exarchia and Kolonaki squares – including Andrea Metaxa, Zoodochou Pigis, Navarinou and Skoufa streets – will be open only to pedestrians from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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