Sidewalks transformation for a better and safer Athens

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City of Athens, led by the mayor Kostas Bakoyannis, will soon be much safer because of the new major project that will transform sidewalks throughout the city.

With a series of large-scale projects, the municipality of Athens announced that this project will drastically improve the quality of life of all Athens’ citizens by making the city much safer. 

This big project started in July last year and it is planned to be finished by the summer of 2023, with a total of 410 modernized sidewalks.

The project is currently in process in Plateon street and Agias Markellas square.

Total budget of 24 million euros for sidewalks transformation is important for the city not only for safety reasons, but also because it will make Athens more eco friendly. Each new sidewalk will be made of environmentally friendly materials such as marble, cement slabs, and concrete tiles that will help keep the surrounding areas cool during the warm days and will prevent the “urban heat island” phenomenon. This phenomenon occurs when cities replace the natural land cover with dense concentrations of pavement, buildings, and other surfaces that absorb and retain heat.

 City of Athens is stepping forward to a more environmentally friendly future by addressing one of the most important global crises of today’s world – climate change.

“Day by day Athens is getting the sidewalks of a modern metropolis. A city that respects its residents and visitors, and offers safety and comfort for their movement. The municipality will continue to work towards achieving sustainability and resilience”, said mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis. (photo credit: Dimitris Chapsoulas/Unsplash)