European Road Safety Charter

City of Lemesos (Limassol)

What are you doing/aiming to do for road safety? 

The Municipality of Lemesos, through the European Road Safety Charter programme, will improve the city by adopting specific measures on infrastructure and user behaviour:

  1. In order to encourage cyclists to use their bicycles safely and also increase the number of cyclists, we will extend the bicycle network to connect the city centre with the eastern and western suburbs and other northern areas. This will also facilitate mobility for students attending the newly established Technical University of Cyprus, as well as people working in the city centre. The existing bike network is 2 km in length. According to our plans, the cycle network will be extended to 6 km by 2012, an increase of 200%.
  2. In order to reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians, we plan to further pedestrianise certain areas in the city centre, improve the road network, rebuild pavements and create ramps and striped flagstones. The total length of pedestrian roads in the city centre is around 1 km, and the newly constructed pedestrian road that runs along the beach is 2 km. Our plan is to double the length of pedestrian roads by 2012, extending them from 3 km to 6 km.
  3. In order to minimise accidents due to road defects, we are improving road surfaces, lines and signs. Insufficient signage can cause minor and major accidents. We will therefore cooperate with other authorities in order to promote effective road signage for temporary road works carried out by their employees and subcontractors.
  4. In order to reduce road accidents and deaths during the night and day, we plan to promote the control of two factors: speed limits in residential areas and alcohol tests. Many accidents during the day involve pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and are mostly linked to high speed and careless driving. In order to minimise such accidents, we will cooperate with other authorities in order to reduce speed limits below 50km/h in certain residential areas within the city centre and near schools. The second major increasing concern in Cyprus is the link between serious road accidents and alcohol at night. Medicines and drugs in combination with alcohol are also an important factor. Our aim is to change the closing hours of bars and clubs in Lemesos in order to reduce alcohol-related accidents by 15%.
  5. In order to reduce risks among young drivers under the age of 25 (two-thirds of deaths in road accidents occur among people between the ages of 18-39 years), we will promote public awareness through a campaign aimed at young drivers. The awareness campaign will include presentations, awareness-raising through the mass media, and also the creation of a Mobility Education Park in collaboration with the Cyprus Police Force.
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