Contact & Activities

Participating city

Heraklion ()
173.993 inhabitants

Local contact

Municipal Department of Technical Works
Pelagia Hereti
Agiou Titou 1, Heraklion, Crete, GREECE
++30 2813409886

Participation 2020

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
16 September
all activities will be carried out online and some will run throughout the whole week.
Some activities such as SUMP consultation and E-mobility webinar will be carried out on specific days, as well as the launching of specific activities. All information will be available on our social media pages. Check our material HERE; AND HERE;
Starting from 16th of September until the 22nd, we run two ONLINE public votings for people to select the street(s) to become pedestrianized as well as the street(s) and routes to become cycle-friendly. See below voting links; pedestrian streets > , bicycle routes >
At the same day we start the online painting competition for children up to 18yo following this year's theme. Winners get bicycles and bike helmets!! check for more:
On Tuesday also all our social media pages start promoting all available green mobility means in the city. Private companies with e-vehicles are presenting their cars, motorcycles, e-scooters and e-bikes and give us advise on their use and autonomy.
17 September
Starting from Thursday we introduce a series of virtual photo and video tours in the great walking routes of our city. The Venetian Walls/ Fortifications (surrounding the Old City of Heraklion) have been regenerated this summer... and upgraded to be accessible for ALL users, parents with strollers, disabled and the elderly. However very few know that this route (7km long) is now accessible for all and offers spectacular views of the city. Being a monument for tourists ... it now aims to welcome all citizens to meet again the largest and best preserved fortifications in Europe!
Moreover, our green minibus gets on track! A virtual video tour introduces us to the first electric mini bus in Heraklion. The buses were acquired by the city through the ECOROUTS programme and the circulation starts this October, so the mobility week is the great opportunity to present it to our citizens!!
18 September
Another virtual video tour presents the difficulties of people with disabilities in our city. Blind girls and boys explain to us what is wrong with our behaviour in the street, what we can to to include them in the city life and many more.
19 September
Two experiential activities take place in the city ''on-site'' and through ''video guidance''. The theme is " I show I care for the city... by cycling". The first is for children and the second is for adults! The Union of driving instructors explain us how and why cycling is the greenest mode, how we can drive clean vehicles, what are the implications of driving an e-car, electric motorcycles, e-bikes etc.
20 September
The e-mobility webinar and discussion for green mobility start on Sunday with 5 keynote speakers involved in green mobility projects. The present us the future of e-mobility, share their experiences and pose the key challenges. A public voting platform goes live today for selecting the places in the city ... where we shall place EV chargers for all means of transport. The voting closes on the 22nd of Sept.
21 September
We start our first online consultation for the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. All local stakeholders meet with our experts and share ideas and thoughts about our SUMP vision. We discuss priorities and targets and identify all our mobility issues. The consultation is open to all citizens and several voting tools are in place to support our meeting.
22 September
The municipality and students from the neighboring schools paint again our seaside bike lane and add special marks on the pavement with pro-cycling messages! We activate the space and re-connect the missing parts of the bicycle lane, and... voila there is a 5km regenerated bike route!
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:
Dikeosinis and Idis street will remain close for car-traffic and possibly Evans and 1821 Str. (high streets in the city centre)
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
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Launch of free-floating bike-sharing schemes
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
  • Extension or creation of new greenways
Public transport services
  • Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
  • The development of accessible transport services for all
  • Other: we will launch the first green mini-bus in the city!!
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
  • Create park and ride stations
  • Create wheelchair ramps
  • Lowering of pavements
  • Enlargement of pavements
  • Removal of architectonic barriers
  • Launch of accessibility plans
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Use of clean vehicles
Mobility management
  • 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
Participation in related EU initiatives:
  • The Covenant of Mayors (as signatory)
  • The CIVITAS Initiative (as signatory)