Kos (Greece)

The island of Kos is located in the southeast of the Aegean Sea, close to the borders with Turkey. It is called “the island of Hippocrates” due to the fact that is the birthplace of the father of medicine. With a population of 33.388 inhabitants (2011 census) Kos is considered to be one of the biggest Greek islands (the third biggest after Rhodes and Karpathos among Dodecanese islands). Almost 60% of the population lives in the city of Kos.

Urban transport in the city of Kos is covered by public transport services that comprises of a fleet of 11 buses. All the vehicles are equipped with GPS sensors, while a study to develop an electronic information system for passengers inside the buses has been conducted and will be implemented when funding will be available.

A fleet of 22 buses is used to transport people around the rest of the island. Interestingly, Kos is also called “the island of bicycle”; its bike lane network stretches to over 15 km. Biking has become the most common way for tourists and a very large number of residents to move in and around the city of Kos. The next challenge for the city is to expand this network across the whole island and connect it to the main transport facilities. Moreover, Kos aspires to develop a SUMP, for which it has already obtained national funding, and to integrate with international networks in order to introduce more sustainable mobility measures.

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