Over 250 letters have been sent to Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia demanding action on the island’s current traffic and road safety problems within 48 hours.
This comes after a street action during peak afternoon traffic where activists from Friends of the Earth Malta, Moviment Graffitti, and Rota gathered at Msida Creek with bicycles, placards and flyers.
People were then encouraged to send letters to the minister to demand action on the “dismal situation in Malta’s transportation infrastructure”.
“With their letters, people are emphasising how important it is to support active and public modes of transport. The streets belong to the people, and everyone should feel safe to use active modes of travel, which are environmentally friendly and better for our wellbeing,” Friends of the Earth said in a statement.
The letters sent to Farrugia highlighted a “lack of government action to promote sustainable transport”.
To bring about positive change, the following is being demanded:
1. Better bus service and more regular and reliable bus routes
2. Support for active modes of travel
3. Safer roads, including investment in safe walking and cycling infrastructure
“With the global climate talks at COP27 starting next week, where countries come together to work towards mitigating the full impacts of climate change, the time to act is now,” the NGO stressed.
“We must join together to bring about a move towards a healthier, safer, and eco-friendly Malta. It is time we prioritise people over petrol and empower citizens to make greener transport choices.”
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