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Pedestrian Path Planned Along Athens Coastline, Seaside Walk

ATHENS – A plan to provide a walkway from the Athens neighborhood of Kallithea along the capital’s seafront to Vougliameni Beach some 22 kilometers (13.67 miles) is underway with bids being sought in January, 2023.

The so-called Urban Walk is for design and construction of a path for pededstrians and cyclists next to one of the country’s highest-volume speedways that cuts off neighborhoods from the Saronic Gulf.

It would pass the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and the 8-billion euro ($8.2 billion) development of the abandoned Hellenikon International Airport that turned away from pedestrian access to the sea.

The project, which will be built using resources from the Recovery and Resilience Facility, will be located parallel to Poseidonos Avenue and based on a study by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (TAIPED) said Kathimerini.

It covers the coastline of the ironically named Athenian Riveria where private companies have taken off public beaches and charge people for their use, with no government doing anything about it.

The path would start in Kallithea and and at the town hall of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, after crossing four municipalities (Palaio Faliro, Alimos, Elliniko-Argyroupoli and Glyfada) the report also said.

Some 13.5 kilometers (8.38 miles) will be constructed under the project, under the jurisdiction of the Regional Authority of Attica, while the project is being implemented by TAIPED, no explanation for the other 8.5 kilometers (5.28 miles) or how keeping off motorcycles would be enforced along there.

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