National Cycling Strategy and Action Plan

Public Consultation

This National Cycling Strategy including a National Cycling Action plan is intended to promote and support cycling in Malta as a sustainable mode of transport. The objective of this strategy is to make it easier for people to use cycling as a means of commuting, to make it safer for people who already cycle as well as above all to entice non-cycling commuters to use the bicycle as another mode of transport. Increasing the number of people who cycle every day will leave significant benefits on society at large such as facilitating healthier life styles, improving the quality of life in urban centers, contributing towards a stronger economy as shown in various cities where there is a cycling culture, increasing the number of green jobs, reducing traffic congestion and above all providing a significant contribution towards a cleaner environment.

The promotion of cycling as an alternative mode of transport is considered to be an essential part of any scheme or strategy to promote sustainable mobility through which transport authorities can address traffic congestion, improve accessibility, promote personal health, reduce air pollution as well as contribute towards lower greenhouse gas emissions, all of which are attributes necessary to improve the quality of life of any community. As a result, the need for a national cycling strategy was identified in the Transport Master plan 2025 as a means of contributing to the strategic goals set out in the National Transport Strategy 2050. Section 2.1 illustrates how an increase in cycling can contribute towards achieving the strategic goals outlined in the NTS by discussing the associated benefits.

The action plan promotes an integrated approach to prioritize future investments directed towards sustainable mobility, among which cycling and cycling infrastructure, and encourages policymakers to promote the adoption of active travel choices. It is expected that as cycling activities and services increase the resulting positive impact will be more visible, as experience has shown in other countries. Malta should not be an exception. Transport Malta’s integrated approach means that all forms of sustainable modal choices are offered to users at a local level (although not exclusively) through the development of local transport hubs, where users would be offered the choice of a wide range of sustainable modes to carry out a particular journey, which provides for local transport hubs and two pilot projects on Safe Cycling Route.

This document is divided into four chapters and an Annex. Chapter One sets the scene by introducing the National and European policy context which this strategy has been developed. It also includes background information on the development and current status of cycling in Malta together with statistics on cycling use as well as data on traffic accidents involving cyclists. Chapter Two goes on to discuss the benefits related to cycling and sets out the Strategy through the Vision, Strategic Goals and Objectives. Chapter Three outlines the Action Plan through the list of specific measures while Chapter Four briefly outlines the intentions with respect to monitoring and evaluation. Lastly, an Annex is provided which presents additional detailed information about the SMITHs project.

The Sustainable Mobility Unit at Transport Malta is publishing the resulting document for public consultation.

Submission of Feedback

You can send feedback through the following channels

  • Online form;
  • E-mailcyclingpolicy.tm@transport.gov.mt
  • Post:    SustainableMobility Unit, Transport Malta Centre, Triq Pantar, Lija

This public consultation is for a non-legislative policy document which includes a national strategy and action plan.

Contact Person and e-mail address: Kurt Vella (kurt.b.vella@transport.gov.mt)

Transport Malta auctions autographed Brazil Football kit for charity

Transport Malta will express its support for the Simon Blue Light Foundation by auctioning an autographed Brazil football kit.

During this year’s edition of the World Cup, Brazil’s national football team flew on a Malta-registered aircraft, operated by Air X Malta.  Transport Malta asked for and acquired the team’s kit, autographed by all the players, a kit which the Authority chose to auction for the benefit of the Blue Light Foundation.

The Authority has an enforcement section that operates on our roads and thus is fully aware of the reason and the importance of the goals of this foundation.  The Enforcement section within Transport Malta boasts around one hundred officials, who face numerous dangers while performing their duties and thus, through this symbolic gesture, Transport Malta is helping this foundation achieve its aims.

The Auction will form part of the activities organised by the Foundation on Sunday 2nd December.  The Foundation will be organising a bike ride which will depart from the Police Headquarters in Floriana at 09:00 in the morning to reach its destination in Montecristo.  Transport Malta’s Enforcement Section, particularly its riders, will participate in the event while a number will assist the Police to manage traffic during the activity.

In the meantime, in Montecristo there will be a number of family activities, including food stalls, various attractions and entertainment.

The public will be able to view the autographed Brazil National Team Shirt before the auction, between 10:00 and 11:30 in the morning, in Montecristo.  The auction, led by the auctioneer Pierre Grech Pillow for Obelisk, will start at 11:30 in the morning.  All proceeds will be passed on to the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation.

The Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation is a non-profit organisation that helps officials who are the first to arrive on the scene of an accident, like Police officers, members of the Armed Forces of Malta, Civil Protection Department, Corradino Correctional Facility and Emergency Ambulance Staff.  The foundation provides moral and financial help for these officials and their families, should they get hurt while on duty.

Transport Malta supports the goal of this foundation and encourages the public to participate in both the bike ride and the auction.

During his comment on this gesture, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said: “The purpose of this Foundation is of great importance, especially when one considers the numerous dangers the enforcement officers and other employees from various authorities face when on duty to safeguard road users in Malta and Gozo. The responsibility of each and every one of us is not just our attitude on the road, but this is highly important –  the moment we start the engine we should understand that every action we take that lacks responsibility and attention, can put us and the lives of other people in danger. I praise the Simon Schembri Blue Light Foundation for this initiative and efforts. I am pleased with Transport Malta’s initiative and encourage the public to be generous as always and participate in this auction to help us help this good cause.”

EUCARIS General Assembly held in Malta


The general assembly, the highest organ of EUCARIS, the EUropean CAR and driving license Information System, is meeting in Malta.  Representatives from the vehicle and driving licence registration Authorities of 28 countries in Europe met over a period of two days. The general assembly set a new record with the number of countries participating. 


EUCARIS is a system that connects countries so they can share the vehicle and driving licence information and other transport related data. It is an exchange mechanism that connects the Vehicle and Driving Licence Registration Authorities in Europe to support the fight against car theft, forged driving licences and odometer fraud.

Hon. Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects closed the first session of the meeting.  In his address, the minister emphasised the importance of international cooperation in order to enable member state countries to share experiences, knowledge and information.  Minister Borg highlighted the ever changing transport landscape in Malta, which the Government is committed to re-define.  “Transport must be efficient and reliable, exploiting the concentration of trips and distributing the pressure on the network to even it out as much as possible. Transport must be a contributor, not a burden, to our quality of life. We can learn from each other, we will exchange experience and knowledge, we will make our information available and we will co-operate with exchanging information internationally”, he concluded.  

Joseph Bugeja, Chairman and CEO of Transport Malta made the opening address for the meeting.  He also stressed on the importance of international cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of our countries, “We recognize the EUCARIS cooperation as an important instrument to ensure traffic safety, to prevent vehicle crime and to learn from each other in doing things more effectively and efficiently”

EUCARIS offers various services including the exchange of information between countries on driver licence holders and vehicle odometer readings,  so for example, EU citizens can easily obtain and exchange the driving licence of the EU country they are residing in.  Registration checks of vehicles so that a vehicle stolen in one country cannot be registered in another and E Call, a system, which is being adopted by new cars, where in case of an accident, emergency responders are notified immediately. The system also offers the exchange of information between countries in case of a number of traffic offences or crimes, thus if a car commits a traffic contravention or a crime in one country, its country of registration will provide the necessary information for prosecution.

The meeting in Malta analysed the situation in implementing the various services in all countries, numerous developments and crucial decisions for the evolution of the information system and its administration.  Mr Detlef Marek, the Chairman of EUCARIS announced that he will not be seeking re-appointment, and the appointment of a new chairperson was also on the assembly’s agenda.

Transport Sharing

Car Sharing

Owning a private vehicle in Malta, while very convenient, has many attached recurring costs.  Apart from the cost of purchase, fuel and maintenance, which are the most obvious, one must also consider the annual service, VRT, road licence, insurance, vehicle deprecation (the car loses its value over time), parking (including garage rent), loan interests (on the car if purchased by loan and on the garage if the garage is bought).  A new average family car can cost its owner approximately €6,562 in annual costs when taking into consideration all the above mentioned expenses.

Vehicle sharing spreads these costs among several people instead of having one person shoulder the burden.

Vehicle sharing reduces cars off the road, because people who frequently use vehicle sharing tend to sell one of the cars owned by the household (keeping in mind that the trend in Malta is that each person over 18 owns his/her own car) and eventually start using alternate modes of transportation. Alternative transport modes are made more convenient when one pairs them with vehicle sharing as the shared vehicle can be left at the closest station and the journey is continued by bus/ferry or even on foot.

Fewer people sitting behind the wheel of a car has its benefits; it reduces traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.  But there are many personal benefits too; apart from saving money, these may include overall better health due to an increase in biking and walking. Even if you just walk to get to a vehicle-share station, it’s better for your health than constantly driving everywhere. Transport Sharing also saves time! With exclusive parking at each station, you will not need to travel around in search of an available parking spot, but simply leave the vehicle at the closest station.  It also offers people access to various types of vehicles – car/bicycle/pedelec/scooter – depending on the need for that particular journey.

Bike Sharing

Shared transport works best when combined with public transport.  Say, for instance, you are in Valletta and want to go to Gzira for a meeting.  First, you can go to work using a bus – which is still the most convenient way to arrive in Valletta.  But to use the bus to go to Gzira will then take too much time.  An option would be to use the ferry to get to Sliema – that takes 10 minutes.  Book a bike from the station next to the ferry landing site.  Cycle to Gzira, and leave the bike at the station.  If it is raining, you can use a shared car to head back –  and use the Bus Priority lane since all shared vehicles are electric.  Combined together, the services give very flexible options which can be adapted according to the needs of your journey.

Fewer people sitting behind the wheel of a car has its benefits; it reduces traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.  But there are many personal benefits too; apart from saving money, these may include overall better health due to an increase in biking and walking. Even if you just walk to get to a vehicle-share station, it’s better for your health than constantly driving everywhere. Transport Sharing also saves time! With exclusive parking at each station, you will not need to travel around in search of an available parking spot, but simply leave the vehicle at the closest station.  It also offers people access to various types of vehicles – car/bicycle/pedelec/scooter – depending on the need for that particular journey.

The DESTINATIONS Project receives funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 CIVITAS Programme under Grant Agreement No 689031.  The sole responsibility for the content of this webpage lies with Transport Malta and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.​

The 300th

A few days ago, Transport Malta registered the 300th active aircraft on 9H, the Maltese Aviation Registry

The registry has been growing steadfastly over the last few years, effectively doubling in size over a relatively short period of time, merely five years.  During the same period, from just 18 Air Operator Certificate holders, Malta can now boast an impressive total of 35.

The 300th aircraft – an Airbus A318 owned by Universal Entertainment Corporation

The 300th aircraft is an Airbus A318, owned by the Japanese Universal Entertainment Corporation and is operated by Comlux.  The latter hosted an event to celebrate the registration with Minister Ian Borg and TM officials in attendance.

Comlux was the first international aviation setup to obtain a Maltese licence and has since registered and operated numerous aircraft on the Maltese Registry. It has now been joined by another 34 firms, that together make up the 300 and counting Maltese-registered-aircraft.

Abandoned wreckage outside Paradise Bay

A local diver has uploaded the video below on social media.  The video shows what seems to be an abandoned ship that sank outside Paradise Bay.  
Transport Malta was not informed about this incident by the master or the operator, as required by law and only got light of the wreckage through the video. The Authority is currently establishing whom the owners of the vessel are, in order for them to take the necessary action and remove the wreckage.

Transport Malta would like to thank the producer of this video for his contribution and encourages others who come across such irregularities to report them.  The public can get in touch with Transport Malta by sending an email on info.tm@transport.gov.mt, by calling on the free phone 80072309 or through a private message on Transport Malta’s Facebook Page.

Street Smart

Mapfre foundation with the support of the Malta Road Safety Council is organising a show in various schools around Malta.  The light hearted show has a number of lessons and tips for street smart kids. 

The Malta Road Safety Council is distributing some merchandise to help the students remember the lessons learnt during the show.

Works in Triq l-Istazzjon

The Works and Infrastructure Department within the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, are carrying out works in Triq l-Istazzjon, Mtarfa.

Works include removal of weed and accretions that were causing structural damages to the rock face. This led to unstable sections of rocks that were falling on the road surface. The Department will be implementing the necessary repair works and stabilisation measures.

Transport Malta is closing access to vehicles and pedestrians in part of Triq l-Imtarfa to Triq il-Maltin Internati u Eżiljati in Mtarfa to ensure safety precaution.

With immediate effect and until further notice, all points of entry to this part of the road including the staircase at the top of the road, will be closed.

The public is kindly asked to follow the no entry signs on site.

The Works and Infrastructure Department is coordinating works with the Department of the Civil Protection to ensure that the best safety measures are in place.