Cyclists ‘ignored’ in Marsa Junction Project

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Cyclists have been ignored in the Marsa Junction Project, five non-governmental organisations said on Saturday. Bicycle Advocacy Group, BirdLife Malta, Futur Ambjent Wieħed, Moviment Graffitti and Nature Trust Malta decried the lack of infrastructure for cyclists in the €70 million project.

The organisations said that there is no safe passage for those cyclists riding from or to Paola, Fgura, MCAST and the Three Cities, thus confirming their worries. The organisation explained that there is no link to and from the cycle lane which is being proposed. Additionally, cyclists are at the mercy of the lifts, the Bicycle Advocacy Group observed, saying that lifts installed at Mrieħel pedestrian bridge are often out of order.

Cyclists riding northbound from Sir Paul Boffa Avenue will have no access to the cycle lane itself, while those riding southbound to MCAST will be forced to keep on riding to Santa Lucia Avenue. The organisations noted that there is no information whether this cycle lane will stop and if so, how cyclists are expected to ride against the flow of traffic.

BAG urged Transport Minister Ian Borg and Infrastructure Malta to revise the project, including solutions to ensure the safety of cyclists throughout the whole project.