National Bike Ride 2017

300 cyclists in National Bicycle Ride 2017
This morning, 300 cyclists participated in the National Bike Ride, from Floriana to Mosta and back.  The ride, now in its fourth edition, is becoming more popular among Maltese enthusiasts and 100 more cyclists than last year participated.  The run started from in front of the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects in Floriana and took the participants to Ħamrun, Santa Venera, Ħ\’Attard, Mosta, Birkirkara and Msida.
After the ride, the Permanent Secretary within the ministry, Christopher Cutajar talked about a number of initiatives that are promoting the bicycle as an alternative means of transport.  He talked about applications for European funds to build bicycle lanes and the drafting of the National Cycling Policy.  Mr Cutajar then gave away a number of prizes, including electric bikes.
The ride on National Car Free Day 2017 was one of the activities of 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, within Transport Malta, organised the Bike Ride with the help of the Police, Transport Malta enforcement officers and St. John’s Ambulance.