Eight local councils have been selected for various community projects in order to use alternative means of transport with little or no environmental impact.
Zabbar, Zebbug and Hamrun have each taken between thirty and fifty thousand euros to carry out permanent projects in their localities.
The Zabbar Council will implement a system in order for roads around the school and surrounding playing field area to close automatically during crucial hours when children arrive and leave school.
Zebbug will begin using a bicycle known as a pedal assisted tricycle for waste collection from the narrow streets of the locality, while Ħamrun will create a pedestrian zone in the heart of the village.
Seven other councils – Dingli, Mqabba, Zebbug, Fgura, Hamrun, Gharb and Ghajnsielem will each take 2,500 each to organize alternative transport for a temporary period.
Alexandra Ellul, spokeswoman for Transport Malta said that the European Mobility Week which takes place in all European countries, will see several initiatives, some in collaboration with the private sector, including discounted prices for people who use other forms of transportation in lieu of private vehicles, for passengers using sea transport service between Valletta and Cottonera and Sliema, and for the hire of bicycles and scooters.
“We should try sustainable means of transportation out of our comfort zone and not always use the same means of transport but opt for a more sustainable transportation practice”
Transport Minister Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Parnis stressed the need for a new mindset for transport which incurs the least impact on the environment.