Rethymno is the third largest municipality of Crete with 63,000 habitants. It accommodates more than half a million tourists and attracts more than 1.5 million visitors on day tours and cruises annually. Therefore, the municipality is building up an integrated approach to face the rising challenges of both growing sectors: mobility and tourism. Rethymno has been a member of the Covenant of Mayors since 2011 and sustainable mobility is one of the strategic pillars of the Municipal SEAP. Rethymno is also involved in the European Reference Framework for Sustainable Cities. Through Destinations, Rethymno will demonstrate sustainable, affordable and reliable mobility solutions to address the intense seasonal tourist fluctuation, to reduce car usage, to achieve a shift in transport modal share and offer upgraded and innovative mobility services for citizens and tourists.
62.886 inh. (2011)
Avg Life Expectancy
Female: 84.7 yrs
Males: 79.4 yrs
Car Ownership Rate
69.6% of the adult population
45.5%: one (1) car
20.3%: two (2) cars
3.8%: more than two cars
23 accidents (2015)
25 injures and 10 deceased
Mild Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers
Approx. 650 km.
20 km. cycling network in the city of Rethymno.The cycling network in Rethymno prefecture includes 22 inter-regional cycling routes, 12 of them connect Rethymno with key attractions nearby.
Approx. 400 km.
Increased PT use: 20%
Increased use of public bikes: 10-15%
Reduction of congestion events: 10%
Increased satisfaction of residents and visitors: 30%
Accidents reduction: 20%
Behavioural change of local community and tourists towards sustainable modes of transport
Improved skills for drivers, including PT and freight