Trikala is a medium-sized provincial city and the capital of the Trikala regional unit in the middle of Greece. It hosts a population of about 81,000 inhabitants (130,000 including the suburbs and nearby villages). The municipality of Trikala was formed in 2011 on occasion of the local government reform, which merged 8 former municipalities making them municipal units. The city hosts around 85,000 people commuting per day. In total there are 26 municipal buses operating on different lines across the city. 15 bus lines operate in the city and its centre, while 11 bus lines connect with the surrounding cities or villages. The city residents use mainly driving, biking and walking for their commuting. Rural and peri-urban areas are underserved by public transport. Moreover, despite forward-looking policies for transport and mobility, the grand open market area in Trikala suffers from congestion, especially during rush hours. Additional congestion in the areas around the three bridges that cross the Litheos river is caused by an inefficient infrastructure.
In Trikala Cities-4-People aims to contribute to the re-planning of the existing public transport system as well as the introduction of new mobility solutions, especially in the area of the grand open market. Shared mobility is envisioned as a possible way to decrease the volume of cars used to commute from the broader rural and peri-urban areas of the Prefecture of Trikala. Other interventions may concern the creation of better connections and the improvement of the public transport infrastructure as well as the optimisation of parking slots and the establishment of better bike lanes. How does the co-creation of solutions for Trikala look like? As a Citizen Mobility Kit, we are using this. What is going on in our Lab you can find out here instead.