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Bicycles in Athens

Though Athens is not as bicycle friendly as cities like Amsterdam or Beijing, they say things are changing with the introduction of the green areas and pedestrian streets. Though probably not for the faint-hearted, cyclists who live and breath the sport may not find the city as challenging as say, I would. So while I don't recommend bikes as a mode of transportation for the happy tourist family visiting Greece for the first time, since I don't want to be sued if they are all run over after the first five minutes, for those who talk-the-talk, walk-the-walk and wear those colorful shiny riding suits there is a place to rent bikes and equipment at Pame Volta is at 20, Chatzichristou Street in Makrigianni.   The phone and fax are 210-922-1578.   Open Monday to Sunday, 9:00 to 20:00.  Vasilis is the owner and comes from Thessaloniki which is supposedly a much more bicycle friendly city.

Anyway once you get out of Athens the riding is better but BE CAREFUL because many Greek drivers are not.

For more on biking in Greece see the Cycle Greece page

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