Press Conference to Launch the European Mobility Week 2014

Environment minister Mr. Leo Brincat, transport minister Mr. Joe Mizzi, Gozo minister Dr. Anton Refalo together with parliamentary secretaries Dr. Michael Falzon and Dr. Stefan Buontempo today launched the activities to be held as part of the European Mobility Week, an annual campaign held in all EU Member States between the 16th and 22nd September.

The theme of this year's mobility week will be 'Our Streets, Our Choice', and will include a car-free day on 22nd September as well as several activities to be organised by a number of local councils and NGOs around Malta and Gozo to celebrate public space and offer it for the use and enjoyment of citizens while promoting the use of sustainable transport as an alternative to private cars.

Starting from this year’s European Mobility Week, The Malta National Bicycle Ride​ will be included in the national calendar.  The ride will be held on Independence day, every 21st of September, encouraging all cyclists to participate and donate €10 for the Community Chest Fund. The Malta National Bicycle Ride will be organised under the patronage of H.E. the President of Malta.  

National Coordinator Peter Paul Barbara stated that participants in the ride, apart from cycling in the aid of charity, will also be entering the chance to win one of three pedelecs to be drawn by lottery on the day of the ride and presented by H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro.

Barbara also announced that unlike previous years, this year the effects of the European Mobility Week will continue to be felt beyond the 22nd September as Local Councils have been invited to submit a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) as part of this year’s activities. With these SUMPs, Local Councils are encouraged to identify initiatives which promote and contribute towards the improvement of air quality, climate change and energy efficiency, better use of public spaces, modal shift, improved accessibility and improved road safety. These SUMPs are to be implemented over 3 years. € 50,000 will be made available to the Local Council submitting the best SUMP, which funds are to be used to implement one of the initiatives identified.  Three electric quadricycles will be made available to the second, third and fourth Local Councils ranking as Runners-Up.