The municipality of Larissa continues its commitment to the European Road Safety Charter with the following actions:
1. In order to promote the use of bicycles as a means of transport, we want to provide the highest degree of safety for all users. Therefore, we will construct bike lanes that connect the centre of the city with its suburbs. The existing bike network consists of 12,500 metres of bike lanes. We are planning the expansion so that, by 2013, it will reach 20 kilometres, an increase of 68%.
2. In order to reduce by more than 37% the number of accidents involving pedestrians; we are reconstructing the pavements of the city centre. We will do this by adapting them for all the public (including the elderly and the disabled), creating special ramps and striped flagstones. By 2013, we will renovate 9 more streets; it will be an increase of 80%.
3. Next year we will revise the Comprehensive Transport and Mobility System study of Larissa according to the existing situation and the provisions of the new Urban City Plan that was adopted in 2009. The main target is to improve the modal split for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport so that, in 10 years, private vehicles will be used by only 25% of citizens compared to 38% today. We believe that with fewer vehicles on the road there will be fewer victims on accidents.
4. We will impose 30 zones in several, mainly residential, areas of the city to prevent major accidents and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. After the evaluation of the results, we plan to extend the measure to all residential neighbourhoods in the city until the end of 2015.