Six Maltese towns will be the first to become car-free as part of a pandemic-inspired plan to temporarily pedestrianize squares and streets across the country.
According to Local Councils Association president Mario Fava, the project would begin with Zejtun, Dingli, Qrendi, Zurrieq, Mqabba, and Safi.
The program will be far broader in scope – urban development studies on pedestrianized zones have been conducted in 43 local council districts.
The idea was initially floated in May of last year, inspired by the sight of deserted villages and squares during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Residents will now be consulted, and each area’s requirements will be documented.
He said that in order to create pedestrianized zones, the first step is to lower the speed restriction on highways going to these regions.
Line markings, safety and other mitigating measures, as well as sufficient signage, will also be necessary.
The goal is to begin the last phase of implementation within the next several months.