Limassol, the second-largest city on the island of Cyprus, is committing to a 20 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2020, in line with EU 2020 targets. Changes to transport will be one of the primary drivers behind the cuts.
The mobility landscape of the municipality and its neighbours will have to change significantly to reach the target. This includes encouraging electric mobility, such as offering incentives to consumers to purchase private electric and hybrid vehicles in the form of priority access to parking spaces.
Eco-driving seminars will be offered to municipal staff and carpooling will be promoted. They will also be encouraged to abstain from using cars when travelling for short distances, putting the onus on them to act as examples for the wider community.
Finally, bike-riding will be promoted as an alternative mobility mode, with awareness-raising events offered in schools and to the wider public. The creation of new cycling lanes and routes will also be explored.
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