Sharing the road with cyclists

Leave Space When Overtaking Cyclists

Leave Space When Overtaking Cyclists

Drivers, overtaking a cyclist can be dangerous. Be patient and overtake only when there is plenty of room available. 1.5m is the suggested safe distance. Let’s share the road.

1.5m is the suggested safe distance

Prevent Dooring

Prevent Dooring

Drivers should check behind them in the mirror and over their shoulder to check for cyclists and other road users before opening doors, to avoid opening it in their path.

We advise opening the door with the hand furthest from the handle. This will force you to look behind.

Cyclists have the right to leave plenty of room when passing parked vehicles to avoid the risk of dooring.

Check for cyclists

Avoid left-hooking

Avoid left-hooking

Avoid left-hooking: Drivers should not overtake a cyclist immediately before turning, as a cyclist could get trapped. Drivers must use their indicators to clearly show their intentions to other road users, and frequently look in their mirrors to check for cyclists, to ensure that turning or changing lanes is safe.

Don’t overtake a cyclist immediately before a turn

Respect the speed limit

Respect the speed limit

Respect the speed limit: Drivers must always respect the speed limit. Speed limits should not be treated as a target; it is often unsafe to drive at the maximum speed limit. Drivers should reduce their speed when sharing the road with cyclists. They should also pay attention when sharrows are visible on the road. These are narrow lanes for cyclists when they must share space with other vehicles.

Reduce speed when sharing the road with cyclists

Respect cycle lanes and cyclists’ rights

Respect cycle lanes and cyclists’ rights

Respect cycle lanes and cyclists’ rights: Drivers should never obstruct designated cycle lanes by driving or parking on them. Cyclists have as much right to use the road and should be given the right of way at junctions and roundabouts. Cyclists may use the full lane when approaching an intersection, roundabout or when overtaking, and have the right to use bus lanes where this is indicated.

Mind the cyclist


Children’s Day

Transport Malta, The Malta Road Safety Council and the Commissioner for Children team up to raise awareness on child road safety. Transport Malta produced a series of graphics and radio adverts on three main issues that can determine the children\’s safety whilst commuting. The campaign was launched a few days before 20th November, Children’s Day.



The campaign urges everyone to wear their seatbelt; even when riding at the back with a special emphasis on children.



Car Seats

The second poster is about car seats. There is lack of information on which car seat to use. Too many people do not know that there are different categories of car seats. We urge parents to research and get the right car seat for their children.




Passive smoking is very harmful. It is surely harmful in an enclosed space like a car and especially harmful for children. We urge everyone not to smoke in the car when their kids are around.


Love on the road


On the occasion of St. Valentine’s Day, the day dedicated to love, the Malta Road Safety Council continues its campaign towards road safety by conveying the following message to all road users.

As a council we urge everyone to show respect on our roads, sharing this love by being courteous and considerate to other road users, be they drivers, bikers, passengers or pedestrians.


Respect should continue beyond this day and every day, we should all do our part when using the roads.

Showing respect entails driving carefully and attentively, caring about our children, having them properly seated with their seats belts on, giving mobiles a break, observing road regulations and paying attention when crossing the roads.

 Show respect on our roads. #loveroad



This is a joint initiative of the Malta Road Safety Council and Transport Malta.

Making the Coast Road safer for motorcycles.


Transport Malta is installing the first motorcycle strips in Malta as part of the Coast Road project.

The motorcycle strips are attached to the lower part of the crash barriers.  In case of an accident, motorbike riders are stopped from hitting the pillars and the lower part of the barriers.  Riders usually slide along the asphalt and hit against the pillars or the edge of the barriers, with serious consequences.

Motorcycle riders are 15 times more at risk of loosing their life than car drivers when hitting against crash barriers, according to a study commissioned by the international association EuroRAP (

Motorcycling is becoming increasingly popular even among Maltese drivers.  In Europe, motorcycle riders make up 16% of road fatalities despite covering only 2% of distance travelled.  Riders are thirty times more at risk of loosing their lives than car drivers.

As part of its road safety strategy, Transport Malta is installing three and a half kilometres of motorcycle strips within the curves and critical parts of the Coast Road.  According to the study commissioned by EuroRap, motorcycle strips halve the number of fatalities of riders who crash in barriers.