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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)

Tour ta’ Malta 2018

TM\’s Ryan Spiteri completed Alive Cycle Challenge

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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. 

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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. \"Alive

European Mobility Week 2016

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Activities

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.

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Cycling event in Żebbuġ

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Cycling event organised by Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club

Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club in collaboration with the Malta Cycling Federation will be organizing a cycling event on Sunday 26 July 2015 in Triq L-Imdina Ħaż Żebbuġ.

Triq L-Imdina, from the roundabout near St. Dorothy’s School to the roundabout near it-Telgħa tas-Saqqajja, will be closed to vehicular traffic between 07:00hrs and 10:00hrs.

Vehicular traffic proceeding from Ħal Qormi to Rabat will be diverted onto Triq Ħ’Attard to Triq L-Imdina. Vehicular traffic proceeding from Rabat or Mosta to Ħaż-Żebbuġ will be diverted onto Triq L-Imdina Ħ’Attard to reach Triq Ħ’Attard.

Any inconvenience is regretted.

Annual Cycling International Tour

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The Birkirkara St Joseph Club will be organising the annual Cycling International Tour in four stages as per below:

Stage 01 – 26th March – St. Paul\’s By-pass

Individual time trial race over 25Km.

10:00hrs to 12:00hrs

One of the lanes from Xemxija to St. Paul’s Bay will be closed to traffic whilst the opposite lane will remain open.  All vehicles coming from Xemxija will be diverted onto Triq San Pawl, San Pawl il-Baħar.


Stage 02 – 27th March – San Martin

Race over 100km

10:00hrs to 13:00hrs

Triq San Martin Żebbiegh will be closed to traffic whilst Triq Għajn Tuffieħa will remain open to traffic.


Stage 03 – 28th March – Gozo

Race over 60Km

 10:00hrs to 13:00hrs

Triq ir-Rabat, between Triq tad-Duru and the roundabout will be closed to vehicular traffic. Vehicles proceeding to Nadur will be diverted onto Triq L-Imġarr.


Stage 04 – 29th March – Ta\’ Pennellu

Race over 12Km

09:00hrs to 12:00hrs

All vehicular traffic will be diverted onto Triq il-Marfa Mellieħa. Access to Anchor Bay will be available from Għadira only.

Cycling Event on Sunday 15th March

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Birkirkara St. Joseph Sports Club are organising a cycling event on Sunday 15th March 2015.

Triq Mdina Żebbuġ, from the roundabout near St Dorothy’s School to the roundabout near Saqqajja Hill, will be closed for vehicular traffic between 07:30hrs and 11:00hrs.

All vehicles coming from Żebbuġ will be diverted onto Triq H’Attard whilst those coming from Rabat and Mosta will be diverted onto Triq Mdina Attard.

Motorists are advised to proceed with caution.

Any inconvenience is regretted.