RESEARCH ON THE DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL OF CYCLING ROUTES CONNECTING GREEN OPEN SPACES IN ATHENS
Efthimios Bakogiannis*1, Maria Siti2, Avgi Vassi3, Georgia Christodoulopoulou4 and Vasilios Eleftheriou5
Journal Title:Global Journal of Engineering Science and Research Management (GJESRM)
Cycling is constantly gaining popularity in Europe both as a leisure activity and a viable transportation mode. Development of
policies and infrastructure in Greece is following a rather inconsistent way, especially regarding the integration of cycling in existing
open public spaces.
This paper presents a research, conducted from 2008 to 2010 in Athens, exploring the development potential of a dynamic cycling
scheme which would connect existing large green parks, university campuses and other related uses.
The paper is structured in three parts. The first presents a comprehensive overview of cycling promotion policies and similar schemes
in major European countries and cities, such as Denmark, United Kingdom, and Germany etc. The second part deals with particular
infrastructure types and development attributes, and finally the third focuses on an Athens' case: the unification of Goudi Metropolitan
Park with Police Academy Park, Polytechnic and University campuses.
The results and conclusions stress the key research facts and reveal the main limitations occurring by the complex ownership status and
the licensing procedures.