Island of Spetses (Greece) Traffic Restrictions

Project information

Index: 1307R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location ELLADA ATTIKI Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2012
End: 2013

Topic of the practice

Land Use Planning and Mobility Management

Good Practice Information

Spetses island is an almost car-free island as a result of a public policy decision that has started as early as 1973. Currently there is a comprehensive package of measures aiming at improving the transport system inthe island:
• Car use inside the town is forbidden
• Permanent residents and car owners can bring it to the island, while having obtained a special license. However they are obligated
to park it on their property and not move it unless they are leaving the island
• The only cars used on the island are 10 taxis
• Motorcycles can move freely most of the time and are banned during summer period on the coastal road from 19:00 to 2:00.
• Cars parking are prohibited on footpaths, on paved roads, and on the sides of the roads where yellow lines or parking prohibition signs exist.

Evidence of success

Restrictions of private cars use has reduced CO2 emissions and improved the urban environment (e.g. reduction of noise pollution), while promoted soft transport modes (mainly cycling and walking), by increasing significantly the safety for citizens and the quality of life for local residents. This brought several economic benefits (e.g. tourism) and a boost to local and regional economic growth.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Avgi Vassi

National Technical University of Athens

Annex completed on: 08-01-2015

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