The Bicycle Advocacy Group has responded to calls made to criminalise jaywalking in Malta.
BAG says that the comments made by Madam Justice Consuelo Scerri Herrera and Chairperson of the Malta Road Safety Council, Mr Pierre Vella, to make jaywalking illegal are unfair.
Herrera recently called on legislators to consider introducing ‘pedestrian offences’ for those who do not abide by the rules. Vella also called for these actions to be made punishable instantly.
The group says however, that pedestrians use roads because there is a, ‘lack of safe and accessible infrastructure’ available. This in turn, ‘is irresponsible and sets a dangerous precedent to relieve the onus from irresponsible car drivers’.
To prevent further deaths on the roads, BAG wants to see immediate changes to infrastructure that will see ‘our roads safer… safer infrastructure for all road users, including decent and accessible pavements and bicycle lanes, speed cameras in notorious roads, and infrastructure that incentivises the use of alternative modes of transport while discouraging the use of the private car.’
This is not a new concern for the group, having raised awareness and concerns with the authorities about the dangers to pedestrians and cyclists on Zebbug’s roundabouts and around other infrastructure projects.