Bicycle lanes coming to cities, official says

While an estimated 210,000 new bicycles are sold in Greece every year, the total absence of cycle lanes renders their use all but impossible in Athens and other large cities. But, according to a senior prime ministerial aide, work is already under way to change this state of affairs in four municipalities, while nearly 12 million euros have been earmarked for cycle lane construction all over the country. Antonis Angelidis, who heads the Quality of Life section of the prime minister’s office, said that by the end of the year bicycle lanes will be available to the citizens of Neo Psychico in Athens, Larissa, Karditsa and Mesolongi. Studies are on the drawing board for cycle lanes in another 13 municipalities, under a joint, 11.7-million-euro project by the ministries of Transport, Public Works, the Interior and Agriculture. Cycling routes will also be created in forests outside urban areas. Kathimerini has no intention, nor does it possess the evidence, to evaluate EYP’s performance; but it shares the belief that the service has become unable to fulfill its national role. Governments have been only rarely provided with timely warnings about crucial developments or received reliable information concerning enemy movements.

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