The Malta Independent 30 September 2023, Saturday
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Rota publishes conceptual designs proposing change in Għadira project

Monday, 5 June 2023, 15:39 Last update: about 5 months ago

Cycling NGO Rota has said that it firmly believes that road dieting can be an effective solution to address congestion problems, "but it must be implemented correctly."

Referring to the Għadira project, Rota said: "Simply removing a car lane is a half-baked solution if it does not change the car-centric nature of the road and fails at providing alternatives to driving in the gained space. In light of this, we would like to show an alternative approach to road dieting in Għadira."

Rota published two conceptual designs, "by no means precise, sketching just one out of endless possible options at the narrowest width and at a typical width."

“Traffic lanes are retained in each direction, but dedicated lanes for cyclists, pedestrians, and other road users seeking alternative transportation methods are incorporated,” the NGO said, indicating that the top version of each image is the current proposal and the bottom Rota’s proposal. The two proposals are at different sections of the road.

"Big parking areas were built just nearby in recent years, therefore, unrestricted parking in such premium seafront should not be priority. This comprehensive plan ensures a balanced and efficient use of the road space, accommodating the needs of various users while alleviating congestion.

"It is not clear what route is intended for users cycling here to reach the Ċirkewwa ferry terminal, as there are no alternative ways available. Being the only road between Mellieħa and the Torri l-Aħmar, a cycling path should be prioritised and not omitted."

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