Photo by Dione Gradel
As the number of cars in Malta spikes, having already skipped 300,000 six years ago, some people have tried to find alternate ways of getting around the island. From public transport to bikes, some commuters are ditching their cars entirely
If you’ve ever wondered whether it’s actually possible to survive in Malta without a car, here are five useful tips.
1. Up your app game
The best way keep track of all your possible transport options is to make sure you have useful apps like the tallinja app for public transport, nextbike for bike-sharing and ecabs for taxis, which will help you never get stranded on the side the road again.
2. Choose your employer wisely
We’re not saying you should decline that perfect job opportunity just because you don’t want to spend an extra couple of minutes on the bus, but the daily commute is something that most of us consider anyway.
Employers that offer incentives like work transport or showers for after bike rides should definitely get the upper hand in this debate, but a company ok with working from home could be a life-saver.
3. Be ready to make some very important investments
It doesn’t need to be anything out of the ordinary, but small investments will go a long way. A pair of good walking shoes, decent headphones and even a high visibility vest can all help make your life much easier.
Of course, if you intend on replacing your car with a bike, then don’t shy away from buying a more expensive, but safer, two-wheeler.
4. Keep your eyes peeled for clever incentives
It doesn’t always have to be public transport. Cool concepts like Bumalift‘s carpooling and NextBike’s bike-sharing will not only help make your life easier, but will also contribute to reducing the amount of cars on the road.
5. Get ready to start planning ahead
Getting by without a car requires a totally different frame of mind, and a lot ofplanning ahead. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t preemptively find a solution to your potential problems.
Know all the options you’ll be resorting to (preferably even on a day-to-day basis) before giving the carless life a whirl, or you’ll end up discouraged from trying it again despite all the benefits.
You’ll also need to accept that some things are just out of your control, and you might not be able to attend every event you’re invited to.