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Mobility Measure

Active healthy and inclusive mobility for all

Rethymno is increasing urban accessibility and safety for people with disabilities by implementing new systems at traffic light crossings in the city centre and new infrastructure to improve accessibility to the beach.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Rethymno will enhance the existing services and infrastructure for cycling and walking. This should motivate citizens and visitors to engage in active sustainable mobility and lead a car-free lifestyle.

The measure foresees the expansion of the cycling network, improved signage, reallocation of road space and complementary provisions to link public transport with cycling and walking.

The city will also introduce a new mobility strategy and new infrastructure for the accessibility of beaches and main attraction points for the physically impaired in order to further improve accessibility for all.

The measure’s objectives are:

  • to expand the existing walking/cycling network and to improve existing infrastructure.
  • to improve links between PT and other mobility modes.
  • to promote a “car-free” lifestyle.
  • to increase use of public spaces for walking and cycling.
  • to improve services and organise leisure trips for people with disabilities, making the city a more convenient and desirable travel destination for tourists with disabilities.
  • to reduce accidents in the area involving people with disabilities.

The main planned actions are:

  • An assessment study of current walking and cycling accessibility, including the rehabilitation of historic/touristic landmarks area and complementary provisions to link PT with cycling and walking.
  • A user needs analysis to devise efficient behaviour change approaches and promote inclusion and sharing.
  • Workshops organised with relevant stakeholders and the association of people with disabilities to better address the target group’s needs and expectations.
  • Promotional activities to support and motivate bottom-up behavioural change amongst citizens from all age groups.  
  • Study recommending accessibility solutions at main attraction points for people with disabilities and an action plan for the accessibility of beaches.
  • Design of integrated touristic day routes especially for disabled people.
  • Tailor-made maps that identify accessible points distributed to hotels and put online.
  • Infrastructure/equipment to improve accessibility to beaches.
  • Installation of new traffic light systems to assist blind and deaf people at road crossings.

How did the measure progress?

The activities implemented so far include:

  • Assessment study of the current walking and cycling networks and links with PT.
  • Targeted workshops and consultation events with Rethymno’s Association of Disabled People and other key stakeholders; analysis of the needs and expectations of their members through interviews.
  • Installation of new traffic light systems to assist blind and deaf people at road crossings. Reserved parking spaces for people with disabilities.
  • Infrastructure/equipment to improve accessibility to beaches; Three beach locations equipped with ramps, SEATRAC systems (fixed track mechanism in which a wheelchair can be moved in and out of the water) and sea guidance system for people with visual impairments are installed.
  • Design of integrated touristic day routes especially for disabled people.
  • Tailored maps produced, in English and Greek, to include accessible spots for disabled people, e.g. traffic lights countdown, SEATRAC, parking reserved for disabled people etc. The map was distributed to the Association of disabled people, Hoteliers Association and touristic info points.
  • Promotional activities to support and motivate bottom-up behavioural change amongst citizens from all age groups.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected outcomes of the measure are:

  • New bike lanes and walking routes.
  • New/improved signage; Map of cycling/walking main routes including links to PT.
  • Instigating mobility behavioural changes towards more active mobility and adopting a “car-free” lifestyle.
  • Improved accessibility to beaches.
  • New road crossing systems for blind and deaf people.
  • New day routes designed for people with disabilities and tailored maps including accessible points.