The freedom on two wheels.
It is rather difficult to avoid the use of the car when living in Malta, and until a few months ago I depended totally on it to run errands, travel to work and ferry members of my family. The unavoidable consequence of this was being stuck in traffic, and increasing the levels of air and sound pollution. I am very conscious of the harmful effects this has on our health and being the proactive person that I am, I decided to do something about it. As soon as I sat myself on the saddle, I realised that the bicycle can give me the freedom and pleasure which I was terribly missing when moving around. Here I am now, the proud president of the Bicycle Advocacy Group, and I vouch that I will work hard to let others have similar positive experiences with their bicycle.
The role of the Bicycle Advocacy Group is to be an advocate to all those who cycle in Malta, be it children, athletes, commuters and those using it for commercial or practical purposes. We are doing our utmost to encourage more people to use the bicycle by raising awareness of its feasibility, health benefits and the fun it gives people who ride it.
We are increasingly also becoming a strong lobby group, liaising with the authorities and other NGOs to consider cycling as an alternative and sustainable mode of transport, and to design better and safer infrastructure which facilitates cycling. We truly believe that using a bicycle in Malta is one great way of keeping fit, reducing the carbon emissions, decreasing traffic congestions and arriving to one’s destination on time without any hassle of traffic jams and parking. All our members are testament to this as they have all integrated cycling in their own lives and their passion to cycling is slowly but surely rubbing off on others. As a community, we are keen to support others to take this journey with us, and through our diverse experiences and expertise we may indeed be able to help you get on that bicycle and start pedalling.
Michelle Attard Tonna
President, Bicycle Advocacy Group