Thessaloniki's bike lane is now open for cyclists to use.
The new two-way bike lane flows along Karamanli Avenue.
The project was completed in about two weeks, as part of an effort to facilitate commuting in the city and decongest busses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“During all this time where there was criticism about Karamanli [avenue], the bicycle lane had not been handed over to traffic. Measures have been taken and there will be improvements in cooperation with residents and entrepreneurs. I understand that some will lose their comfort, but let's give a chance to the citizens who do not have a car. to travel and do not want to use the city bus due to the coronavirus," said Dimitris Mitrou, the mayor’s technical advisor for issues of sustainable mobility, on state-run radio station Praktorio FM.
Mitrou said this project is an opportunity to allow locals who don’t have a car to move around the city and avoid the bus.