Biking on the Green Greek Island Helmetless young men in t-shirt and shorts on dirt bikes weave at full speed through urban traffic. Moped riders – also rarely with protection – as well as bus drivers talking on their mobile. Here and there a scooter-riding father with a minimally clothed toddler in front of him. All traffic is continuous overtaking, undertaking and filtering, and a death wish seems to be everywhere. Even the numerous tourists participate enthusiastically on their little scooters. We aren’t somewhere in the Third World, but just within the EU. Welcome to Corfu, part of Greece! To survive in the traffic bedlam of Corfu town – Kerkyra as the Greeks call it – you actually need eyes in your back and ride as defensively as possible. And make sure that you are safely wrapped up. Biking on Corfu is a real challenge, if you are used to the (relative) discipline of Western Europe. The good news is that road rage seems to be rare here. However, the same goes for patience. Within a second after the traffic lights have turned green, the hooting in the queue starts. Everybody in Greece seems to ride a PTW. Fortunately, the real busy traffic seems to be limited to Corfu town and the larger tourist areas along the coast. The contrast with the quiet countryside roads can hardly be bigger.
Kassiopi’s scenic harbour The SAM Observer November 2008
The November 2008 edition of "The SAM Observer" magazine.