The City of Trikala is built upon an ancient agricultural settlement and has evolved over time into a modern, forward-thinking city. With over 85 000 residents, the city centre covers a small area which is intersected by natural features (the Rivers Lithaios and Agiamoniotis) as well as railway tracks, creating urban mobility challenges as transport routes funnel over narrow crossing points.
The Greek city of Trikala – with a population of about 80,000 inhabitants and located in northwestern Thessaly - has been recognized as one of the 21 smartest cities in the world in 2011 (https://www.intelligentcommunity.org/trikala) and Greece’s first digital city.
Population growth, congestion and environmental damage alongside increased use of home delivery services are challenging the traditional methods of freight urban logistics. According to CIVITAS Policy Note on Urban Freight Logistics (CIVITAS, 2015), freight urban logistics accounts for between 10 % and 15 % of the total distance travelled by urban road transport and emits approximately 6 % of all transport-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Traffic congestion and pollution due to increased transport flows and the use of private-motorised vehicles is becoming a serious concern in many tourist areas, particularly during peak season. This is particularly true for locations along the Mediterranean coast in summer. Some regions – such as the small islands located in the Aegean – experience high flows of incoming tourists, annually. Local villages and settlements are usually unprepared to effectively manage the needs of tourists and local residents, especially their mobility needs.
On 13th May thousands of people and cyclists participated in a collective bike ride in Athens and 26 Greek other cities, along with associations of pedestrians. The aim of the event was to remind public authorities of the need to make Greek cities friendlier, safer, more eco-friendly and inclusive places to live. The event hoped to concentrate focus on the most vulnerable categories of people, who are (in the context of transport), pedestrians, cyclists and people with reduced mobility.
On 20th January 2018 in hessaloniki, Greece, the first conference took place on the development of the city of Thessaloniki, which was jointly organized by the Greek Institute for Research and Development (ELINEKA), the “Journal-Thessaloniki political agenda" and “Myportal.gr”.
In his speech, Professor Yannis A. Mylopoulos, President of the Attiko Metro SA provided an overview of the state-of-the-art and progress of the works related to the construction and extension of Thessaloniki’s underground network.