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.
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