E-Vehicles Can Use The Grand Walk, Athens Pedestrian Area

ATHENS – Electric vehicles, including cars and scooters, will be permitted to use a planned pedestrian path in the heart of the capital, called The Grand Walk, under a scheme to allow more social distancing as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down.

That area includes the so-called Commercial Triangle of Athens and the iconic area of Plaka, where the use of private cars will be prohibited – with exceptions.

“We want to encourage e-mobility, and in the areas where there will be traffic regulations and the circulation of private cars will be prohibited, the use of electric vehicles will be allowed,” Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis said.

He was speaking to a Parliament committee on environmental protection about the plan that is due to begin this month, noting that 30 vehicle-charging stations are being prepared, while the intention is for the parking for electric cars to be free.

It's too late, however, for a major player in electric scooters, Lime, which is going to stop operating in Athens because of the long lockdown aimed at preventing the spread of the Coronavirus and low demand seen. 

While the company hasn’t made an announcement, a report in Solomon MAG, non-profit organization founded in Athens which uses media as a tool for social inclusion and change, said Lime will stop the service.

But the report added the California start-up will stay in Greece’s second-largest city, the major port of Thessaloniki, while on a downsized version and will relaunch in Rethymno on the northern part of the island of Crete.

At the same time, with use of public transportation not back to pre-COVID-19 levels, restrictions put in place to reduce traffic congestion in the downtown that were lifted during the lockdown won't be reimposed.

That means motorist can enter the middle of the city every day, ending until July 17 a requirement letting drivers with odd numbered plates allowed on odd days and even numbers on even days.

Air pollution that fell sharply during the lockdown that saw almost no traffic is rising again and the temporary suspension of the traffic ban will allow more cars on the roads spewing fumes into the air.


ATHENS - A year after a head-on train crashed killed 57 people and no prosecutions nor reported progress in a secret investigation, families of victims have demanded immunity be lifted for lawmakers and ministers The Association of Relatives of the Victims of the crash at Tempe near the central city of Larissa said it will send a petition to Parliament demanding legislative action to lift ministers’ and MPs protection from prosecution.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


By Defining Sex, Some States Are Denying Transgender People Legal Recognition

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Mack Allen, an 18-year-old high school senior from Kansas, braces for sideways glances, questioning looks and snide comments whenever he has to hand over his driver's license, which still identifies him as female.

HEMPSTEAD, NY – The Maids of Athena District 6 Lodge held their first ever mid-year conference on February 24 at St.

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - Is Michelle Troconis a murderous conspirator who wanted her boyfriend's estranged wife dead and helped him cover up her killing? Or was she an innocent bystander who unwittingly became ensnared in one of Connecticut's most enduring missing person and alleged homicide cases? A state jury heard two different tales of the 49-year-old Troconis as the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments Tuesday in Stamford.

LONDON — Kensington Palace says Britain's Prince William has pulled out of attending a memorial service for his godfather, the late King Constantine of Greece, because of a personal matter.

MONTREAL/NEW YORK – The Maids of Athena (MOA) District 6 (New York) and District 23 (Eastern Canada) Lodges held their first ever inter-district Zoom fundraising event on February 20.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.