Activities to promote sustainable transport are held every day throughout the week with the peak being the 22nd where Europe joins the rest of the world to celebrate World Car Free Day. On the day, people all over the world are encouraged, for just one day, to make use of alternative means of transport to get to their destinations.
The Bicycle Ride
For the fifth consecutive year, Transport Malta is organizing the National Bicycle Ride on 21st September, Independence Day. Registration for the event opens at 08:00hrs at Belt is-Sebħ Floriana. Participation is free of charge.
The aim of this event is to raise awareness that road users can share the road with cyclists. Every cyclist on the road is one less car in the traffic jam.
This initiative is part of European Mobility Week, a campaign launched annually by the European Commission to promote sustainable mobility at locality level. Each year, the campaign is held between the 16th and 22nd September.
The Strand Alive
The focus of the event will take place at the Strand Sliema. On the day, the Strand direction to Sliema will be closed to traffic between 10:00hrs to 16:00hrs. Visitors can either take the Sliema – Valletta ferry service which will operate on subsidized rates or opt for the park and ride free of charge service from Floriana to Gżira.
Other events will be held throughout the entire week including in Mqabba, Ħad-Dingli, Għarb, Ħal Safi and Ħaż-Żebbug Malta.
These measures are also being supported by the CIVITAS DESTINATIONS, a project being funded by Horizon 2020. The project shall pilot innovative measures which aim to reduce the negative impact of the influx of tourism on the transport infrastructure at small island destinations. The main deliverable of this project is the compilation of a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the Inner and Outer Harbour Region of Malta while several actions shall be piloted in parallel. These include the deployment of Smart Parking in Valletta, the promotion of shared transport, the introduction of Green Mobility Awards for the hotel sector and the implementation of grants for Local Councils to implement permanent measures relevant to sustainable transport.