The National Bicycle Ride will start from the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in Floriana, tomorrow at 08:30.
The riders will cycle through Blata l-Bajda, Ħamrun, St. Venera, Ħ’Attard and Mosta, from where they will head back through Ħal Lija, Birkirkara, St. Venera and Ħamrun until they reach the Ministry. The ride is expected to last around two hours. A number of Transport Malta’s electric vehicles will accompany the riders throughout the trip to ensure the riders’ safety.
Anyone with a bicycle is invited to attend. Registration is free of charge and starts at 08:00, in front of the Ministry. Every participant will get a free t-shirt and five lucky ones will win an electric bike worth around €1,400.
This is the 4th edition of the National Bicycle Ride. The bike ride is one of the initiatives and activities the Malta National Electromobility Platform within Transport Malta is organising to mark the European Mobility Week. The theme for this year’s edition is “Sharing gets you Further”, reflecting the notion that sharing transport modes will lighten the burden on the streets, making them more efficient.
The Malta National Electromobility Platform was set up by the Transport Ministry and Transport Malta to implement the Malta National Electromobility Action Plan. The plan facilitates the eventual electrification of private and public transport while promoting electromobility and electric vehicles, both with car importers as well as the general public and private companies.
Car Pooling Day in Valletta on 22nd September
On Thursday 22nd September being World Car Free Day, the Valletta Local Council in conjunction with Transport Malta will implement and promote car pooling within Valletta.
Access to CVA zone will be restricted between 09:00hrs and 17.00hrs as follows:
– only cars with two or more passengers and the driver will be allowed to access the CVA zone;
– only cars with three or more passengers and the driver will be allowed to park in the area of the House of Four Winds;
– Restrictions do not apply to Valletta Residents.
The Valletta Ferry Service will operate at reduced fares during the hours of the event.
National Car Free Day 2016 was celebrated yesterday by a first Super Sprint Triathlon. The Triathlon took off with a swim across the Msida Creek to Haywharf in Floriana, a 10 lap bicycle run around St.Anne’s Street in Floriana and a spectacular round Valletta run.
The event was organised by Transport Malta and Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club. Participants included some of the best local elements. Three awards were given to the Ladies Category, the Males Category and the Youth Category. The Athletics’ 1 mile run organised by the Malta Amateur Athletics Association also attracted a number of athletes. Children’s Poster Competition was also organised by Transport Malta and the Foundation for Educational Services.
Hon. Joe Mizzi presented the trophies and prizes to the winners.
The day’s events were coordinated by the Malta National Electromobility Platform Unit within Transport Malta held with the cooperation of the Police Force, the Maritime and Land Enforcement Section within Transport Malta and the Malta Red Cross.
Ryan Spiteri completed Alive Cycle Challenge in aid of Children’s cancer research
Ryan Spiteri, a Ports and Yachting officer at Transport Malta, was one the 28 cyclists who participated in the fourth edition of the ‘RE/MAX ALIVE 2016 Cycling Challenge, cycling 1000 kms in seven days. This year the challenge was in aid of children’s cancer research and with the support of the Remax and Friends Foundation; Alive will also be furnishing an indoor and outdoor play area at the Pediatric Unit within Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre.
This year marked Spiteri’s, fourth year in a row participating, sponsored by Transport Malta, having found out about the challenge through a cycling group on Facebook. The challenge itself involves cycling which is something Ryan is very passionate about, however what also interested him was that the funding was for the Maltese community. Spiteri, an avid triathlon participant, explained that the principles of a triathlon such as running, cycling and swimming differ to that of the challenge. For this experience, he had to forgo his swimming training and focus solely on cycling. When speaking about the highlights of the journey a particular memory came to Ryan’s mind, riding into St Peter’s square in Vatican City, in Rome. There were also the scenic routes, cycling from Croatia to Slovenia. One of the biggest challenges by far according to Mr Spiteri was the heat especially cycling through Italy and experiencing the different altitudes, with over 12,000m of elevation over seven days of cycling, up the Alps and other high mountains.
Alive is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation set up by Nicky Camilleri, Elton Barry, Miriam Abela, Gerth Lapira and Lydia Borg in 2013. They aim to raise the status of health awareness and scientific research thus investing in long term gains. Alive organises philanthropic activities in order to collect donations to support projects based on the necessity of the current social and health environment. When asked what advice Spiteri would give to people interested in participating in the challenge, He said “I would definitely recommend it to anyone, especially people who love cycling. But also to people who have never cycled before who are up for the challenge. We had people who had never ridden a bike and they successfully managed by sticking to the training schedule seriously and they successfully completed the challenge. Although it is not easy, it is achievable and can be a challenge for them as well.”
When asked to describe the challenge in just three words, Ryan, who turned 31 this week, said “tough, hot and rewarding”. Keeping in the mind the goal and working as a group were two of the biggest sources for motivation for Ryan during the challenging times. Transport Malta offered their support for the organisation through a generous donation. Alive presented their record sum of €100000 gathered from the 2015 edition to the Research Trust of the University of Malta (RIDT) to further the University’s specialised programme in cancer research for children on the 19th of June.
Following the success of the 2014 and 2015 editions of the European Mobility Week, 2016 will see more activities which will be organized with the aim to give even more visibility to the initiative on a National Scale.
Actions will be organized as part of both the European Mobility Week which is celebrated across the 27 EU countries between the 16th and 22nd September as well as part of the ‘European Mobility Actions Label’ which is an EU-Commission-led year-round campaign promoting sustainable mobility.
The theme assigned for the 2016 edition is “Smart Mobility. Strong Economy” – an investment for Europe\’. The theme points out that smart planning and use of transport will save cities and residents money and support local economic growth. A greater shift to alternative mobility modes will help to relieve the negative impacts of personal vehicles. Public funds can be spent on improving transport rather than solving problems caused by it, and the benefits of cleaner and safer mobility can support and grow jobs in cities and neighbourhoods.
The 2016 local programme of events has been announced during a joint Ministerial Press Briefing held on 2nd June where Hon Mizzi and Hon Herrera invited local councils, NGOs and the general public to participate in the extended programme planned for this year.
i. €94,000 worth of prizes have been made available to Local Councils and NGOs to be accessed as part of two competitions in which applicants are invited to
- organize sustainable mobility related activities during the week 16th to the 22nd September 2016;
- Local Councils are to submit proposals for permanent measures to promote sustainable mobility and green urban spaces within their localities.
ii. A Competition open to all architects has been launched where designs featuring innovative, sustainable urban spaces and mobility solutions in specific localities will be received;
iii. National Car Free Day 2016 has been announced for 18th September 2016 whereby St Anne Street will host:
- National Triathlon Competition in and around the Marsamxett harbour area;
- Athletics Events;
- Educational and Hobby Activities for Children in conjunction with Skolasajf;
- Cultural Walking Tours in and around Floriana and Valletta.
iv. 3rd National Bike Ride to be held on 21st September 2016;
v. On World Car Free Day (22nd September) the Valletta Local Council will be enforcing car pooling within the city of Valletta.