The long and windy road that are bicycle rights in Malta has just taken a new turn after Transport Minister Ian Borg launched a new biking challenge for Maltese cyclists.
The Malta Social Biking Challenge is a European Commission initiative that includes three challenges for bikers along specific routes in Malta, and is intended to promote “cycling as a sustainable method of transport and award commuters who adopt cycling as a transport practice.”
You can participate in the challenge by downloading a certain app, BikePrints, and there are 30 prizes to be won, including €1,400 vouchers to purchase a pedelec, an electric bicycle.
“Be rewarded for travelling by bike,” Borg posted on Facebook as he shared the new challenge.
Some cyclists reacted positively to the challenge, though others were quick to point out that the distance a sports cyclist covers while cycling is much more than the distance a commuter covers generally.
There are three types of challenges: group, pair, and individual.
The challenge covers three weeks, starting from the 16th September until the 6th of October. Participants collect points depending on the distances covered by bicycle, with one kilometre equalling one point, and the points will be tracked by the app.
There are 30 prizes to be won, from €100 vouchers to be spent on cycling equipment to €1,400 vouchers to be used to purchase a pedelec.