- I cycle and drive. We have a home in a Greek village on Odos Demokratias.
Have a look at this from a local website on Ano Korakiana:
In many British villages this road would have been widened by now. This is
unlikely to happen here or in many other such villages - or am I wrong?
Driving a car into Ano Korakiana requires regular stopping and backing off
and generally negotiating space. We stop and drop off goods by the railing
on the right where steps go down to our house. Other drivers don't seem to
mind waiting while we load and unload. Parking is about a 100 metres further
up the street where it widens near the village bandstand. We got our house
cheaper because it has no parking space. No problem for us. We get to stroll
up and down Democracy Street and exchange greetings with others on foot as
we walk to and from the car. I cycle as well and find it easy to share this
road with other users. I'm sure you will note that there are no road
markings, no pavement and no signs - except the name of the street on
occasional walls which has no regulatory purpose.
It is a problem to get building materials and waste to and from different
premises in the village. Greeks call this sokaki style building - narrow
often cobbled streets and houses opening onto streets. Some residents have
turned their lower floors into garage space/parking bays. The bus cannot get
into this street but there are a series of short pathways, some with steps,
from this street to a lower road where a bus can be caught.
I would appreciate observations on these reflections.