(From the newspaper NEA)

Panepistimiou street, one of the two main arteries in central Athens, will be closed to vehicles from 17 to 22 September. It will instead be taken over by pedestrians, bicycles, musicians, educational games, etc.

This project was presented by the Athens Mayor on Friday as the city’s contribution to this is done in order to participate in the European week of viable transport. Mr. George Kaminis stressed that “the modern tendency” is to give priority to bicycles, motorcycles, mass transport vehicles and last to private vehicles.

The Municipality claims that it is doing its best to promote pedestrian use of central Athens. The Athens tradesmen Association announced that their union will take advantage of the last day of the “pedestrians” week to offer free gifts and promotional special offers.