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Athens bicycle race honours World Earth Day, on Sunday

The city of Athens and the organisation of culture, sports and youth are holding the 22nd Bicycle Run of Athens on April 26, and dedicating it to World Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on April 22.

The race will begin at 11:00 a.m. at Zappeion Hall, next to the National Gardens, on Sunday (2.7km and 8.5km races). A 1.1km race for the physically-impaired will start at Propylaea, on Panepistimiou Street. All runs will conclude at Zappeion.

"Our municipal administration's priority is for viable transportation," Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said, speaking to ANA-MPA, "and this is not easy, given the conditions that have developed and the mentalities that have been cultivated for decades now... Despite that, encouraging bicycle usage, making it easier for pedestrians, turning over to residents more public space and discouraging the use of private cars are part of a great Athens issue."

Registration can be done at www.opanda.gr and www.cityofathens.gr until April 24. Transportation, and that of their bicycles, will be free from 07:00 to 16:00 on all public transportation means by showing one's registration.

Other events on the day include a bike expo with information to the public on bicycles, and a traffic training centre for children aged 4 to 7 years old, from 09:00 to the end of the races.

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