Rota President Daniel Vella yesterday denounced Farrugia’s “misleading” comments to Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia that Rota was only interested in roads made for cycling.
“Our message is that there are roads for everyone, not just cyclists,” he said in comments to Malta Independent.
He said it would be possible to share the road with other modes of transport, including cyclists.
He commented on countries outside Malta that have tried unsuccessfully to give cars priority on the streets. Therefore, they chose alternative models to accommodate other modes of transportation. But Malta has ignored these models. These models are simple and work perfectly.
He added that the organization “is opposed to sacrificing farmland for roads.”
Rota does not believe that very narrow roads will include bike lanes. However, wide roads such as bypasses can be included.
He said the NGO had already shown Infrastructure Malta how the narrowest part of the Mġarr Bypass could be used before the reconstruction began. This space could have been utilized much more efficiently, without sacrificing road area, to include pavement, safe bike lanes separated by trees, and he two lanes for cars on the road. is.
A project like this “needs better planning and futuristic vision,” he explained.
When asked about the ministry’s current stance, Vella said: We need change.”
He explained that although there are many people who have alternative means of transportation, they are not doing so because our roads have no means of transportation other than cars. You will have to use it.
He expressed concern that Fargia did not understand the NGO’s message when he was the main person who could bring about change.
He said it is Fargia’s responsibility to think about the future by providing people with sustainable transportation.
Read Daniel Vella’s reply to Minister Farrugia here
https://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-08-06/local-news/Cycling-NGO-head-slams-misleading-statements-made-by-Minister-Aaron-Farrugia-6736245022 Cycling NGO head condemns ‘misleading’ remarks by minister Aaron Falguia