Cypriot transport minister Marios Demetriades has said that more cities in Cyprus will embark on developing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans following the completion of the capital Nicosia’s integrated mobility master plan.
The minister, speaking at an award ceremony for a sustainable mobility photography competition, held during last year’s European Mobility Week, said that his goal is to also increase cycling and walking in the country.
He told reporters that an EU-funded cycling network linking Nicosia's universities to the city centre had already been designed and will be implemented in the coming months.
Increasing mobility on foot and bicycle, he added, will have beneficial effects on traffic management, air quality, health, economic growth and on overall quality of life.
‘In Cypriot society the bike had a prominent role in urban mobility, until a few decades ago when the rise of living standards and the consequent increase in car ownership displaced it almost completely from our lives,’ Demetriades said.
‘The bike as a means of transport fully complies with the requirements for sustainable mobility and accessibility, while at the same time [acts as] an excellent means of transport for short and medium distances.'
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