Contact & Activities

Participating city

500.000 inhabitants

Local contact

Europe Direct Patra, Region of Western Greece
Evaggelia Athanasopoulou
NEO Patron - Athinon 32
++30 2613613604

Participation 2012

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
Actions relative to the theme:
1. ΗΕΑR AND PAINT: Children paint for the Environmental Movement
2. WALK AND GO SCHOOL: Elementary Students walking home from school and return
3. BREATHS PATRA: Students choose the Park or Square will adopt. Planting flowers and plants, creating volunteer groups monitoring.
4. MY OWN BIKE TO SCHOOL: Pilot for secure bicycle parking at the High School.
5. Route ECOCITY: Route dedicated to freedom of movement of citizens
6. CENTER CITY FULL OF LIFE: High Street Pedestrianisation of Patras.
7. CONFERENCE ON THE MOVE IN PATRA: Placements and proposals for upgrading urban mobility
8. WALKING IN THE CITY: Browse central locations - link to the story.
9. CAR-FREE DAY: Participation in the European Campaign for the Car Free Day.
10. ALWAYS ON SUNDAY: bike ride and celebration for closing ECOMOBILITY WEEK.
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
CENTER CITY FULL OF LIFE: High Street Pedestrianisation of Patras.
Pilot operation plan of the city center without a car, except transportation and taxi. Prepare the area to be excluded from private cars in three days 20 to 22 September. Plan time for supply outlets located in the path. Support people traveling by public transport and cycling. Cultural activities for the weekend with a call for street performances in musical groups and choirs of the city. Artistic interventions and events on footpaths. Incentives to citizens by merchants for purchases "subsidized" (eg sending home, taxi vouchers, etc.). Care to prevent accidents "fortification bus lanes for public transport and taxi
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Improvement of infrastructure (new foot bridges, pavements, road crossings, zebra crossings etc)
  • Extension or creation of new greenways
Public transport services
  • Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
  • Launch of integrated services for the various public transport modes
  • The development of accessible transport services for all
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
  • Reduction of outside parking zones
  • Create park and ride stations
  • New traffic regulations: traffic circulation and parking
  • Removal of architectonic barriers
  • Launch of accessibility plans
  • Create useful tool for people with reduced mobility
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes
  • Responsible car-use (eco-driving etc)
  • Use of clean vehicles
Freight distribution
  • New regulations for freight distribution
  • Use of clean vehicles
Mobility management
  • Adoption of workplace travel plans
  • Adoption of school travel plans
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
  • Elaboration of educational materials
  • Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders
  • Provision of incentives and bonuses to employers
  • Permanent access restriction to city centres
  • Launch of seamless transport modes to facilitate access to business areas or other social areas
  • Organisation of regular fora or surveys on public opinions and ideas