Three NGOs wrote an open letter demanding that the Mġarr Road be immediately redesigned in order to prioritise safety off cyclists and pedestrians following an accident.
Moviment Graffiti, Friends of the Earth and Rota wrote an open letter to Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Minister Aaron Farrugia as well as CEO of Transport Malta Jeffrey Curmi and CEO of Infrastructure Malta Ivan Falzon.
The bicycle lane on Triq Sir Temi Żammit, Mġarr saw an accident which left a cyclist seriously injured on Sunday.
This comes, the NGOs said, after ROTA’s recommendations in the 2021 consultation process were reportedly ignored.
‘Sunday’s accident could have been easily prevented had Rota’s suggestions of segregated cycle lanes been taken on board at the outset, when they were consulted by Infrastructure Malta during the planning phase of this road in 2020.’
‘Paired with a complete lack of an enforceable policy on cycling infrastructure from Transport Malta, Mġarr Road features what is possibly the least usable cycle lane on the island, so narrow that it forces cyclists to rejoin speeding car traffic at several points. It represents a step backwards, not forwards, in encouraging the uptake of active means of transport and in keeping all road users safe.’
‘Fundamentally, road design should seek to ensure safety for all users and tackle entrenched car dependency. Increasing penalties alone will not prevent fatal accidents if our road infrastructure continues to encourage speeding cars at the cost of all other means of transport.’