Kos lies at the eastern edge of Europe in the Dodecanese archipelago. The Mediterranean isle has beaches that have been recognized with the international eco-label of Blue Flag Quality. Each summer, cultural festivals take place featuring classic Greek plays, music and dance. These festivals, the natural beauty, and the historic cities and villages of Kos attract one million visitors to the island between the months of July and August. Along with the visitors comes car traffic, which contributes to congestion and a seasonal parking shortage. 

The 32,000 inhabitants of Kos make their living largely from tourism. In order to keep conditions attractive for the tourists who sustain the local economy and preserve quality of life for residents, the Greek partners of the STARTER consortium have created a common strategic mobility plan. The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas and the Municipality of Kos – which acted as the organizer for the Local Travel Plan Network (LTPN) – has united local stakeholders around the problems created by too many cars during the high season. 

Solutions analysed include for example communicating sustainable travel alternatives, promoting active transportation, controlling parking and unifying the three existing public transportation providers together into one organization.

To read the entire Local Travel Plan for Kos, click here.

More information on the island of Kos can be found on www.kos.gr or www.kosinfo.gr.


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