① On September 3 2019, the Customs Tariff for bicycles was reduced to 0%, per the Customs Tariff (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order, 2019.
② In July 2020 the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman alongside the National Roads Authority (NRA) launched a ‘Share the Road’ campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to educate road users on ways they can keep themselves and others safe on the road, as well as encourage them to be respectful of each other while traveling around Cayman. The NRA is also working on a National Road Safety Strategy.
③ The NRA also developed and executed a bike lane plan with the aim of promoting alternatives to car usage. In September 2020 sharrows or shared lane markings were painted on several roads around Grand Cayman is areas such as South Church Street, North Church Street and North Sound Road. These markings are coloured green with white symbols showing two chevrons and a bike to indicate a shared lane environment for cyclists and motor vehicles. It reminds drivers to be aware of cyclists.
④ In November 2020, the Ministry of CPI contracted Cycle Cayman to provide 5 bicycles near the staff entrance of the Government Administration Building for civil servants to use for free for 6 months. The Ministry of International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs sponsored an additional 3 months to total 9 months of free access to bicycles. The contract also allows for civil servants to use any of the bicycles located around the island which are provided by Cycle Cayman. Current locations include Camana Bay, Dart Park and South Church Street.
⑤ On November 30 2020, the Ministry of CPI launched the George Town Shuttle, a 6-month pilot project to provide a free park and ride service to the general public to commute around George Town. An electric bus has been identified as suitable for the shuttle service and funds have been requested in 2022-2024 budget.
⑥ In June 2021, bicycle safety guidelines were created in partnership with the NRA and the Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licenses (DVDL). These guidelines can be downloaded from www.energy.gov.ky
The promotion of fuel efficient vehicles has not been initiated as yet. The focus has been on electric vehicles. This will be considered in the 2022 communication strategy.