Trikala: Life on a bike

podilatis me polyxromi ombrella sta Trikala

Bicycle tracks painted red, traffic signs and lights for bikes, bicycle parking seats, bicycles on the streets, sidewalks, squares, even by the river. We are in a place where people’s life is spent on a bike. The town we’re talking about is Trikala, the Greek capital of bicycle.

 

Τρίκαλα, ποδηλατόδρομος

Τρίκαλα, ποδήλατα σταθμευμένα στο ποτάμι

Τρίκαλα, πολλά ποδήλατα σταθμευμένα στην Ασκληπιού

Τρίκαλα, φανάρι του ΚΟΚ για ποδήλατα

 

Traditionally, Trikala is a bicycle-friendly place due to the flat terrain, the small streets and the short distances, with thousands of bicycles overwhelming the town daily. Residents use the bicycle in all aspects of their everyday life, not only as a hobby or a sport activity but also, as a primary means of transportation or even for commercial pursuit. In total, there are more than 30,000 bicycles, that is, 1 bicycle per 2.5 inhabitants. Besides the cycle lanes, bicycles have access in all streets and pedestrian areas, while there are tailored parking spots all over the town. There is also a special police squad made up of policemen with bicycles patrolling in the city center.

 

Pezoi kai podilates stin Kentriki Gefyra Trikalon

Τρίκαλα, ποδηλάτες στον ποδηλατόδρομο

Gynaika kanei agores me podilato sti laiki agora Trikalon

Τρίκαλα, ποδήλατο αντίκα (ματρακάς) στη λαϊκή αγορά

Trikala, podilato thameno sto xioni

 

Often, group bikes are organized by the Municipality of Trikala and the Cycling Association of Trikala with the participation of dozens of citizens.

 

podilates sto kentro ton Trikalon

Astynomikoi me podilata peripoloun se podilatodromo sta Trikala

 

Trikala is the birthplace of a number of prominent personalities of Greek cycling, including the Gold Olympic Champion Dimitris Georgalis, the Greek and Balkan champion Michalis Tamanakias and the long-distance champion Stelios Vaskos.

 

Trikala, podilatis taxidiotis me valitses sto podilato tou

kopeles me podilata sto Varousi

Podilata sto sintrivani tis Kentrikis Plateias Trikalon, nyxterini lipsi

 

A very noticeable type of a bicycle found in Trikala is the traditional “Matrakas”. It is an antique model, broadly used in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, which nowadays has become popular again. A great number of those bicycles have been reconstructed and now overrun the streets, offering the town a slight taste of the nobility and charm of its past.

 

Podilato matrakas stin kentriki gefyra Trikalon

A bismarck bicycle in Trikala

 

The best way to get to know Trikala is riding a bicycle. The Municipal Authority offers free bikes for a three-hour ride, available from the Info Point Pavilion at the Central Square.

 

dimotika podilata sta Trikala

neares kopeles me podilata se podilatodromo ton Trikalon

zevgari podilaton sti gefyra tou Asclepiou sta Trikala

 

Here you can find information about accommodation, dining, coffee and drinks in Trikala.

 

 

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