The excessive number of vehicles on our tiny island are proving to have an impact on both our mental and physical wellbeing. Numerous entities have been working incessantly to counteract this issue and find innovative ways of providing other efficient mobility options that are sustainable.
Earlier this week, a training event on sustainable mobility solutions in Malta, was organised by the EIT Urban Mobility RIS Hub Malta. This entity was created in 2020 to connect EIT Urban Mobility; an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), with the local mobility ecosystem in Malta. The Hub in Malta is led by Project Aegle Foundation (PAF), MCAST (the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology) and Valletta Design Cluster (VDC) within the Valletta Cultural Agency.
Mobility experts in town
The event was held at the Valletta design cluster, where two active start-up companies (GreenroadsMalta and SmartMonkey from Spain) in the field of mobility were invited to share their wisdom on the ins-and-outs of founding, implementing and successfully sustaining similar eco-friendly mobility start-ups.
The well-attended event saw a mix of students and aspiring entrepreneurs who have or seek innovative ideas on the subject of sustainable modes of transport, towards a greener and cleaner Malta.
Change is happening. Still much to be done
Within the last few years, Malta has seen significant changes when it came to alternative mobility options to traditional car use. For example, options like merging of multi-transport service through the Tal-Linja (bus, ferry, shuttle, e-shuttles) are great initiatives and their popularity is gaining momentum.
However, there is still much to be done to see real change. This is what Suzanne Maas, Project Manager of the EIT Climate-KIC & Urban Mobility Hub Malta, had to say:
“The companies or organisations are the driving force behind these changes, but there are still plenty of challenges and opportunities for new solutions to solve issues around traffic congestion, use of public space, and promotion of sustainable mobility.
– Suzanne Maas, Research & Project Manager
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