Rota President Daniel Vella has just reacted to Minister for Transport Aaron Farrugia’s comments on efficiency being prioritised for cars over bicycles.
In an exclusive comment to Lovin Malta, Vella explained how Farrugia’s comments are funny, coming from Malta’s Transport Minister, who “portrays himself to be the Minister for cars”.
“This week Aaron Farrugia said two things that didn’t go down well with the public, the first being that we have to decide between having feasts, or efficient roads, and the second being that he cannot do anything more to accommodate bicycles in the roads,” Vella explained.
Vella also acknowledged the fact that Farrugia does not seem to agree with the work being done by environmental NGO Rota.
“He clearly doesn’t understand our message, which has always been that we should have streets for everyone,” he said.
“Be it people who want to walk, people who want to use their bicycles, and at the end of the day people who use cars will also benefit.”
Vella also explained how “if Malta capitalises on the number of people who can use alternative modes of transport but are not doing it because of safety, then we are losing out”.
“Farrugia is the only person who has the power to do something about this and to think about our future and to change our future.”
“He has the responsibility to do so, and we will hold him accountable on this,” Vella promised.
What do you make of Vella’s comments?