‘Walk with Us! – Safe Walking, Safe Cycling’ – European Mobility Week 2019 theme launched: a 2016 winner launches a sustainable transport service in Għajnsielem

Reference Number: PR191559, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 12, 2019
 

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis met with Gozo’s local councils in Għajnsielem where they launched a sustainable transport service which will be offered by the locality’s local council to the elderly and to persons with mobility difficulties residing in Għajnsielem.

This is possible after the same local council qualified second in a competition for permanent measures which Transport Malta organised in 2016 as part of European Mobility Week. Thanks to a grant of €30,000 given by the Authority, the council could buy an electric van which will be transporting these residents to the health centre throughout the summer months as well as to other activities organised by the council after summer.


 
 

 
“It is my pleasure to once again launch European Mobility Week with the theme Walk with Us! – Safe Walking, Safe Cycling in 2019. Like last year, we will have two competitions – one for small activities and the other one for permanent meas​ures, from which 9 different local councils have already benefitted. I encourage all local councils to come forward with their proposals towards more sustainable communities in their transport choices. Let’s work together towards a cleaner culture in the transport sector,” said Minister Ian Borg.

Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana said that this initiative complements the EcoGozo vision, that of introducing new and alternative means of transport with full respect towards the environment. The Minister said that the decarbonisation strategy which the Ministry is working on will incentivise the reduction of emission thus continuing to pave the way towards the achievement of these ambitious goals. Minister Justyne Caruana congratulated Għajnsielem Local Council and Transport Malta for this initiative and looked ahead to more collaboration between the local council and the government.

 
 
 

Parliamentary Secretary for Local Government and Communities Silvio Parnis also congratulated Għajnsielem Local Council for offering free transportation service to the elderly and people with disability, thanks to funds earned through the European Mobility Week. He said that this continues to show that today local councils are increasingly offering services to their citizens, meaning that they are carrying out their role as the authority which is closest to the citizen.

He added that this service will serve as an environmental advantage and at the same time will continue to increase inclusion for the elderly and for people with disability. Silvio Parnis concluded that there need to be more local councils that offer such services in their localities and they can do so by taking part in campaigns such as the European Mobility Week.


 
 
 

As part of the competition for small activities, five proposals by local councils and/or NGOs will be selected to organise activities towards sustainable transport during European Mobility Week between the 16th and 22nd of September 2019. These will be given between €1,500 and €2,500 as part of this competition.

The ‘Permanent Measures’ competition will lead two local councils to win a grant of €50,000 and €30,000 respectively.​