The current situation concerning sustainable in Cyprus

The current situation concerning sustainable in cyprus

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The current situation concerning sustainable transportation/mobility in Cyprus is quite disappointing. Cyprus is currently lacking the necessary infrastructure for efficient use of public transportation. The main reasons behind this situation are the following 385: (a) Most of the town-building development during the ‘80s and the ‘90s was made based on different to today’s priorities and needs. This led to a rash development without too much order and without taking into account neither the principles of sustainable transportation nor the efficient use of public transportation means. Town zones were opening but their access was only designed for the use of private cars. (b) The old buses which have been in use until recently, the limited number of routes, the non-punctual time-schedule and the lack of infrastructure, have been the reasons for the development of a negative culture of Cypriots against public transport. The main principles of sustainable mobility providing for (a) reasonable access to other people, places, goods and services, (b) health and safety, (c) pollution prevention, (d) efficient land and resource use, and (e) fuller cost accounting, are still not adopted in full neither by legislation nor in practice by citizens. It is understood that in order for Cyprus to fully implement the principles of sustainable transportation, there should also be a change in the mentality and behavioural habits of Cypriots (use of public transport, use of bicycles, purchase of hybrid cars, etc.). 4.3.1 Public transportation The Cyprus government is currently concentrating in the promotion of the access principle with the adoption of a series of measures: (a) gradual renewal of the fleet of buses; (b) increase of the bus-routes within the towns; (c) introduction of night routes for the servicing of tourists but also for Cypriot citizens; (d) introduction of peripheral routes within towns; (e) more frequent and punctual time-schedules; (f) frequent connections between the towns and the suburbs; and (g) frequent routes between towns 386. A necessary ingredient for the success of public transportation is the public confidence in the frequency, punctuality and time efficiency (as a fast means of transportation) of the public transport system. These parameters would require the creation of bus lanes, which currently do not exist. One of the major reasons why the public transport system in Cyprus has failed in the past is because of the low population density of the island, which makes it difficult to achieve economies of scale. 385 Cyprus 2015 interview, Eleni Mavrou, Mayor of Nicosia Municipality, Nicosia, 8 January 2010. 386 Nicos Nicolaides, “Green Paper on Public Transport”, Ministry of Communications & Works, 21 May 2009.
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SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: CURRENT SITUATION IN THE GREEK CYPRIOT COMMUNITY 93 387 Cyprus 2015, stakeholder panel, Nicosia, 4 march 2010.
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