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New promises for a bicycle alley

16 June 2009 / 17:06:54  GRReporter
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The minister of public works and orders Georgios Souflias promised to start the construction of a 26.6km long bicycle alley in Athens. One year ago he announced that two alleys will be built with a total length of 22 kilometers, which were supposed to connect the center of Athens with the sea but none of this ended up happening.

Yesterday, on a meeting with the Athens bikers union, Mr. Souflias said that the planned alley will start from Kifisia neighborhood and it will end in Faliro – one of the sea shore neighborhoods. The alley will pass by the electric tram line from Kifisia till the central Omonia square and from there it will either pass by the archeological sights in the center or from somewhere else until it reaches Faliro.

The alley project was won by the team of the National Polytechnic University “Metsovio” on two programs, which will end in eight months and after that the construction will start. The project will cost the state ?7 million. Based on primary plans the alley will reach 16 electric train stations, from where bikers can change lines. Also, ramps will be done, where bicycles can be left.

The next step is the construction of a 35km alley, which will start from the center and will reach the coastal neighborhood Varkiza. This project is not done yet, but it is expected that the alley will be build next to the tram line.

Meanwhile the Athens bikers union complained that tens of billions of Euros are paid for constructing new thoroughfares but no bicycle alley project has been finished. Their demands are for a network of bicycle alleys in Athens with a total length of 154km.

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