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Mobility Measure

Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan Award

Through experiences gained and best practices exchanged during the compilation of the SUMP, Transport Malta shall disseminate the know-how of compiling a SUMP with other local councils and regions not falling within the Valletta region through a series of workshops. Following this, Transport Malta shall compile the terms and conditions for a competition which shall be launched inviting local councils to propose measures which can be implemented within their locality in order to promote and encourage sustainable mobility.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Objectives

The following are the objectives which the SUMP for the Valletta Region aims to achieve:

  1. Encourage alternative modes of transport within the local council level;
  2. Shift people from the car to the street in the inner cores of towns/villages;
  3. Make use of existing and emerging technologies to improve the quality of life (e..g safety and accessibility) on the road;
  4. Reduce the impact of high polluting vehicles in congested, inner-city urban areas; and,
  5. Engage in better transport planning at the local level.

How will this be achieved?

The know-how that is being acquired throughout the SUMP development process will be shared with local councils to assist them in developing their own long-term and strategic sustainable mobility measures tailored for their towns and villages.

The knowledge dissemination will assist local councils in compiling their own strategic mobility planning. The aim is to have better and more sustainable transport systems from which both tourists and the local residents can benefit. Together with LuxMobility; Transport Malta prepared a set of guidelines which were discussed during the workshops held with local councils in Month 21 of the project. This was done order to encourage new and innovative ideas to be submitted for the sustainable mobility award competition. A competition for the implementation of the best submitted measures was launched in July 2018: a  €50,000 grant was offered as the first prize and €30,000 for the runner-up prize.

Six submissions were received. An intergovernmental Evaluation Committee was set up that included the Planning Authority, the Ministry for Environment, the Local Government Department and the Ministry for Transport. It was chaired by Transport Malta. The selected winning measures were announced in Month 25 in conjunction with European Mobility Week activities. 

The winning local council set up to deploy a "Transport on Demand Service" using an electric passenger van directed at commuters during peak hours and at older members of the community during off-peak hours. 

The local council who received the second prize committed to purchase and deploy a number of electric scooters (under 250 watts) and distribute them among 16 to 18 years old within the municipality. The aim of this was to deter young people in the area from opting for private vehicles at 18, as is the common culture in Malta.  

Transport Malta is now monitoring the implementation of both measures. The implementation phase will span over a period of twelve months.

How did the measure progress?

As part of the stakeholder consultation event that was held in October 2017, the afternoon was dedicated specifically to local councils to introduce the DESTINATIONS project and discuss sustainable mobility award measure and the development of the SUMP. This served as the kick-off meeting for this measure.  

In May 2018, two workshops were held; one for the local councils in Malta and one in Gozo. The workshops were coordinated by an expert from LuxMobility who divided the workshop into three parts encouraging the participants to “dream”, “dare” and “do” with regards to measures related to sustainable mobility. This brainstorming session encouraged the local councils to come up with ideas without considering any constraints such as budget etc.

In the second phase, participants were encouraged to choose a measure that they would like to see implemented in their locality and analyse its feasibility. During the workshop, the best measure was fine-tuned to be proposed to the other local council members who were not present and eventually be submitted for the sustainable mobility award competition.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

This measure seeks to empower the relevant local councils to start thinking in terms of sustainable mobility within their locality. The workshops will provide the necessary expertise to design measures which are of a high standard, and thus good enough to be submitted for the grant. This is seen as being the start of the implementation of small-scale projects which engage the local community and increase awareness of sustainable mobility.

The competition launched in 2018 is now closed and both selected measures are being implemented.  However, local councils have shown great interest in the scheme and the process was repeated in 2019.  Workshops were held in July 2019 where Transport Malta led the discussion and brainstorming session based on the guidelines prepared in 2018.  National funds were again secured to make the grants available and the competition was launched again in July 2019. 

Basic Information

MAL 2.2
Implemented
December 2016

Thematic Areas