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Those who have followed the evolution of my True Athens blog may recall the excitement with which I announced the Bike Around Athens event in 2007. It turned out to be a rainy October morning, and I ended up taking my parents who were in town with some friends, on a winery tour in Nemea instead of joining the bicyclists as they sped through the car free streets. Of course, the fact that we couldn’t get rental bikes also impacted our plans.
Bicycling in Athens
But this year, we returned to Greece prepared – two brand new lovely folding Dahon bicycles in our suitcases, along with a Tail Wagon for Scruffy the Greek Dog. So as the temps start to fall in Athens we are gearing up (no pun intended) to hit the outlying areas and explore the really off the beaten path favored by the city’s small, but dedicated and growing, bicyclists.
Our first Athenian ride with be on Sunday September 21, 2008. It’s another downtown bike ride, and since I have always been envious of the images of the bicycle racers speeding in front of Syntagma Square during the 2004 Olympic Games, and I always assumed my chance to pedal my way through history was gone when I gave up training for the Tour de France (a training period which lasted about 45 minutes!) I am quite thrilled to have a second chance – and am determined not to miss it now that I’ve got my shiny new Dahon here with me in Athens. I’m not too clear on the route, but I am hopeful it will be similar to last years, through the historical center and down Vas. Sofias past Syntagma Square and the Parliament Building (and thus helping me fulfill my fantasy of pedaling past the Evzones!) and circling around the National Gardens past the Old Olympic Stadium. If you’re in Athens on Sunday September 21, why don’t you contract Acropolis Bikes ( and line up a bike rental?

Scruffy on a bike ride
Do it soon, last year, as I said, they ran out of rentals. The ride starts at noon at Pedio tou Areo on Leof. Alexandras near Patission Street.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!

One thought on “Bringing on the Bicycles in Athens – Sunday September 21!”
  1. The International Day without Cars Bike Ride in Athens turned out to be a huge success. Although the day started out cloudy and drizzly, by the time we arrived at the Park the sun was peaking through the clouds. It was a perfect day for a bike ride, around 70 degree with partly sunny skies. I’m not sure how many people there were, though it seemed like a few thousand bicyclists, of all ages, on all types of bikes. Of course it would not be Athens without a couple of dogs, including our very own Scruffy in his Burley Tail Wagon, and a spunky carmel colored lab looking dog who followed along on foot through the entire afternoon’s ride around the city! Cyclists, onlookers and passersby were quite surprised to see Scruffy in his wagon, and he, angelic as always, was his usual perfectly behaved self, posing for photo after photo as cyclists rode by us snapping a photo or three. We’ve posted some of our own here.

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