Car-free areas and pedometer challenges for European Mobility Week

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    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Minister for Transport Ian Borg officially opened the European Mobility Week for this year. The theme is ‘Safe Walking and Cycling – Walk with Us!’, and it takes place from today 16th September until Sunday 22nd September.

    Also present for this press conference was Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis, together with several mayors and representatives from local councils that will participate with measures towards sustainable mobility.

    “At the top of our agenda we have a shift in the culture of how we move from one place to another, a change we have been working towards for a long time, and which we are striving hard towards, because we truly believe in it. We want to consider our challenges with a holistic vision, and we want sustainable solutions in every sector, including our mobility choices. The week ahead of us is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of sustainable mobility, but our work towards this goal must continue from January to December, and this is how we are working,” said Minister Ian Borg.

    National Car Free Day will be organised on the 22nd September

    He said that initiatives throughout this week will include car-free areas and car-free days, walks, pedometer challenges, cycling lessons and activities raising awareness about mobility choices. National Car Free Day,which this year will be hosted in part of St Joseph High Street in Ħamrun and in Hompesch Road in Fgura, will be organised on the 22nd September.

    The minister also reminded those present of the Social Biking Challenge being held around EU member states, which is being coordinated by Transport Malta in Malta.

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    During this morning’s activity, the Minister also announced the winners of the ‘permanent measures’ competition. First place was awarded to the Żabbar Local Council which, through a €50,000 grant, will implement a pedestrianisation project in the primary school area during school opening and closing hours. Second place was awarded to the Żebbuġ Council, in which €30,000 will be invested in a pedal-assisted tricycle for waste collection in Urban Conservation Areas. The same amount of €30,000 will go to the third-place winner, the Ħamrun Council, which will implement a pedestrian area and a playing area for children, together with research towards more pedestrianisation.

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