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ADPD sceptical of minister’s biking routes promise

ByEditorialTeam

Nov 12, 2022

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Whereas welcoming the transport minister’s choice to put money into a devoted biking route community, The Inexperienced Celebration stays sceptical on whether or not these will likely be delivered.

“Whereas it’s good that the Minister has dedicated to protected biking routes for commuters, we hope that this challenge will likely be pursued with the identical stage of zeal, dedication and correct funding because the self-defeating pro-car tasks,” ADPD secretary-general Ralph Cassar mentioned.

He mentioned that “it’s optimistic that biking activists have extracted a dedication from minister Aaron Farrugia for protected routes for commuter cyclists,” as this can be a change from the anti-scooter, anti-bicycle and anti-pedestrian rhetoric of the current previous, each by earlier transport minister Ian Borg, and the incumbent.

Cassar added that as predicted again and again by the occasion, and by activists and coverage consultants, Malta’s highway constructing tasks have been a complete coverage failure, and have solely benefited the few contractors concerned. 

“Severe different mobility tasks imply assigning highway house to lower-impact and cleaner modes of mobility. It doesn’t imply leaving all the pieces as is, nor does it imply taking over present open areas. There may be sufficient house on the roads themselves which could be reassigned to bicycles, pedelecs, scooters and pedestrians.”

ADPD – The Inexperienced Celebration Chairperson, Carmel Cacopardo added:”We simply hope that skilled mobility consultants and engineers are engaged and that when the required choices to prioritize pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and public transport have to be taken, Aaron Farrugia and authorities don’t again down. Stakeholders should be concerned in any plans of commuter biking routes from the start.”

“We additionally really feel {that a} main precedence ought to be connecting post-secondary establishments, MCAST and the College of Malta campuses, at the very least to the encompassing cities. It is usually pertinent to level out that regardless of Minister Farrugia’s dedication, absolutely the precedence as soon as once more afforded to non-public vehicles within the wasteful Msida flyover challenge, goes opposite to the spirit of his new-found conversion to sustainable mobility.” 

“As soon as once more, after years of anti-sustainability, pro-pollution populism, seeing is believing.”

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