In absence of pedestrian routes and cycle lanes, mobility in Malta is an ongoing challenge.
As a result, roads are clogged with traffic, impeding bus routes which offer the only source of public transit. This proposal offers a solution through hacking an already existing local system: A large part of Malta’s blue infrastructure is an extensive network of storm-water runoff systems which divert rainfall out to sea – a reckless strategy for an increasingly arid country. With an average 3,055 hours of sunshine annually, the infrastructure comprising this network is largely idle for a good proportion of the year. Instead, such runoff networks could meander people from the centre to the coastal territories and retain that most precious water.
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- Improve air quality
- Meeting targets to reduce emissions
- Reduce noise pollution
- Sustainable water management
- Improve microclimates
- Habitats for ecosystems & biodiversity
- Improve quality of life (recreation and well-being)
- Safety & security in public urban areas
- Support social interaction & cohesion
- Mental health through access to nature
- Physical health through active lifestyles
- Reduce flooding impacts
- Reduce urban heat island effect (save energy)
- Increase in real estate value
- Sustainable travel modes
- Commercial tourism & local regeneration value