Bi­cy­cle Ad­vo­cacy Group takes trans­port min­is­ter to court

Malta Independent - - News -

A group rep­re­sent­ing Mal­tese cy­clists has filed a ju­di­cial protest against the min­is­ter for trans­port and in­fras­truc­ture, com­plain­ing that their in­put was com­pletely ig­nored in con­sul­ta­tions about in­fras­truc­tural works on Md­ina road in Zeb­bug.

The Bi­cy­cle Ad­vo­cacy Group – an NGO which aims to pro­mote cy­cling as a safe and sus­tain­able mode of trans­port in Malta - filed the protest against Min­is­ter Ian Borg and In­fras­truc­ture Malta yes­ter­day morn­ing, ar­gu­ing that the min­is­ter had put aside re­search­based stud­ies and pro­pos­als that the group had sub­mit­ted dur­ing meet­ings with him.

“De­spite the fact that the group par­tic­i­pated fully in this con­sul­ta­tion process with al­tru­ism and civic sense, all the pro­pos­als that it made were to­tally ig­nored,” reads the court doc­u­ment filed in the First Hall of the Civil Court ear­lier to­day by lawyer Claire Bonello on be­half of the group.

The ju­di­cial protest calls on Borg and In­fras­truc­ture Malta to de­sist from con­tin­u­ing to build or change pub­lic roads and in­fras­truc­ture with­out “real and ef­fec­tive con­sul­ta­tion” with the group and to change the de­sign, in­fras­truc­ture and equip­ment of the men­tioned roads to en­sure that they are not a dan­ger to road users. Fail­ure to do so could re­sult in the group seek­ing dam­ages, it warned.

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