Due to the pandemic, road traffic in Athens in March and April 2020 decreased sharply. However, the number of traffic accidents did not decrease to the same extent. It is believed that the the disproportionate reduction in traffic versus accidents is potentially due to the increase in travel speeds. The mayor's plan focuses on the expansion of sidewalks, roads and areas free of private cars, as well as the promotion of public transport and cycling (new bus lanes and bicycle lanes). Access to these areas will be restricted to permanent residents/vehicles linked to local businesses, as well as public transport and taxis.