Angry Quad-Bike Owners Threaten to Block Mykonos’ Port, Airport (photos)



Quad bikers protest at Mykonos port on Tuesday

Owners and renting companies of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on the Greek island of Mykonos are threatening to blockade its main port and airport in protest at a government decision to ban them from the roads.

ATVs, or quad bikes, are popular among tourists on Mykonos, Crete, Zakynthos and other Greek islands, and are often seen as a safer option than motorbikes.

But new traffic code regulations would limit the use of ATVs, prompting fears among rental owners that they will lose their investment and go out of business.

The Mykonos association of rental cars and bikes has already begun protests and threatens to escalate action by blockading the port and airport at a time when the tourist season is beginning.

There are more than 2,200 ATVs available for hire in Mykonos alone.

In March, dozens of of ATV owners drove through the centre of Athens to protest the  government’s decision.