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Living Lab - Platanias

Platanias is a municipality of 16,874 inhabitants on the Greek island of Crete. It is located about 10 km west from the city of Chania and east of Kastelli-Kissamos, on Chania Bay. The municipality of Platanias was formed following the 2011 local government reform by the merger of the following 4 former municipalities, which later became municipal units: Kolymyari, Mousouroi, Platanias, and Voukolies. The municipality has an area of 491,780 km2, whilst the municipal unit 74.932 k.m2

Platanias Today

In order to return urban places to people and to convert Municipality of Platanias to a livable municipality, the city administration aims to change the direction of urban transport strategy and transport policy development toward a more sustainable future. This policy proposes a series of principles and criteria to assist planning for urban transport systems and the identification of infrastructure projects, reflecting to economic, social and environmental criteria that need to be addressed by urban transport projects. One of the greatest challenges is to plan and invest wisely in infrastructure for sustainable urban transport. It is common that cities ranking at the top of surveys measuring urban quality of life have high quality urban transport systems that prioritize public transport and non-motorized modes.

For Municipality of Platanias, the urban transport strategy and transport policy plays a crucial role in urban development by providing access for people to education, markets, employment, recreation, health care, tourist facilities and other key services, enhancing mobility for the poor and vulnerable groups.


Olga Bertsoulaki
Production and Management Engineer, Ph.D. , Head of Department of planning, organizing and IT, Municipality of Platanias