Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism
Sustainable Interregional Bike Tourism (SIBIT) in Malta has been thoroughly promoted through a link between the Maltese Islands and Sicily.
The SIBIT project is a network of bicycle routes winding through Sicily and the islands of Malta and Gozo. In Sicily, the trail would take cyclists through Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Ragusa, Syracuse and Trapani before heading to the Maltese Islands, covering over 1,000km. SIBIT is part of the European-wide bicycle network called Eurovelo.
The Maltese side of the project is co-financed between the European Union. The Malta Tourism authority argued that this project would support standardised infrastructural development and new operational activities in both Malta and Sicily within a natural and rural environment aimed at promoting bike tourism as a form of sustained tourist development.
The MTA believes the project will continue to create more employment opportunities in the form of tour guides, hoteliers and bike rental agencies in the hope that this project would increase tourism activity. Both Malta and Sicily boast an impressive architectural heritage and as a result, the collaboration of the two countries can further enhance a tourist’s experience, the MTA concluded.