THE GREAT WALK OF ATHENS
Segments of a new pedestrian walkway and bike route in Athens were handed over to the public in 2020 with construction works set to continue throughout 2021.
Dubbed “Megalos Peripatos” (Great Walk), the pilot project involves extending pedestrian areas and unifying the city’s archaeological sites and landmarks along a 6.8km walkway scheduled to be completed by 2022.
The plan, which will be the most extensive intervention in the capital in a decade, foresees cars being banned from two large sections of the city center: the so-called Commercial Triangle and the iconic area of Plaka. Permanent residents and service vehicles will be exempt from the ban.
What’s more, key streets such as Mitropoleos, Irodou Attikou, the rest of partially-pedestrianized Ermou and Athinas will also become car-free.
In addition, vehicular traffic will be drastically restricted on Panepistimiou Avenue, with the widening of sidewalks and the creation of new ones, while Vasilissis Olgas Avenue will be pedestrianized.