Police on Thursday announced measures to mitigate night-time disturbance on the Cyprus road network, forbidding motorbikes to ride down certain streets at specific times.
In addition to daily patrols and constant police checks, a decree issued by the deputy chief of police on Thursday sought to reduce traffic-induced disturbance at main arteries across the island on specific dates this month.
The decree forbids the movement of motorcycles, three- and four-wheeled bikes over 125cc, during the following days and times:
Nicosia: On August 16, 23, and 30 (the following three Sundays), between the hours of 1am and 5am, the above bikes are forbidden to ride down Griva Digeni avenue and Agiou Prokopiou avenue, until the junction with Themistokli Dervi street, while movement of bikes during these times is also forbidden on Prodromou avenue, from the junction with Erythros Stavros street and until the junction with Griva Digeni avenue.
Limassol: On August 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30 (the following three weekends), and between the hours of 7pm and 4am, the above mentioned bikes are forbidden on the Limassol coastal road, and specifically on the Spyros Araouzos street, 28 October avenue, Promaxon Eleftherias, Georgiou A, and Amathountos avenue.
Paphos: On August 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and 30, and between the hours of 8pm and 4am, bikes are forbidden down Poseidonos avenue.
Famagusta: On August 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, and between the hours of 8pm-4am, bikes are forbidden on Protaras street (the coastal hotel road) and the Nissi and Arch. Makariou streets in Ayia Napa.
Police noted that the ban does not apply to food delivery motorbikes that need to use the arteries for work purposes.
Ban on heavy vehicles on highways still in place
The announcement also clarified that the two decrees already issued banning heavy vehicles from highways at specific times in view of decongesting the main intercity arteries are still in place.
The decree bans heavy vehicles from using the island’s highways on August 16, 23, and 30, and between the hours of 9am and 1pm and 4pm and 8pm, hours when most visitors to other cities use highways to return to their homes.
Police stepping up checks during coming holiday period
The coming weekend, marked by the 15 August public holiday that is widely considered the main holiday period for the Cyprus public, will see police step up checks on the island’s main and secondary road networks in view of preventing traffic accidents.
Police will also be regularly informing the public on the condition of the road network in view of avoiding over-congestion in cases of accidents.