The Greek municipality of Larissa has laid the groundwork for a study to record and assess transportation flows, with the aim to improve the day-to-day lives of its citizens through travel.
The new study, due to commence in August 2015, will focus on several aspects of citizen movement including traffic management, public transport, and pedestrian and bicycle network development.
A geographic information system (GIS) supported by a mathematical application will measure CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and the impact of sustainable interventions.
The result of the study will present Larissa with a package of proposals that the city may put into motion or draw from.
The proposals will form an integrated plan for sustainable mobility, divided into short-, medium- and long-term strategies. The estimated length of the initiative, from study to implementation, is 15 years.
The focus will be on improving sustainable mobility in the region in line with the principals set out in the European Commission’s Green Paper, Towards a new culture of urban mobility. Specifically targeted will be short- and medium-length trips, with the aim of reducing dependency on cars, and increasing cycling and walking as a mode of transport. 
Original author: Alexia