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During the course of the series of Focus Groups, master classes, conferences, presentations, and media events organized in support of the program over the period 22 September to 6 October more than 100 project ideas of a wide range of types and sizes were advanced for discussion, consideration and counsel. (See Table of Ideas here at http://wp.me/3GVVk for details.) One of the most favorably received of these was the proposal to look into the creation of a program of Sustainable Penang/New Mobility Grant Awards. The discussion document presented to the meetings is reproduced here. As this project advances you will find more in these pages.
During the course of the several dozen discussions and presentations which took place over the period 22 September through 6 October 2013, in which in all more than 500 people from a broad range of organizations participated, a great deal of attention was given to the discussion of new project ideas and initiatives which could in time provide the actual content of an eventual longer-term Sustainable Penang/New Mobility collaborative program. Subsequent to these sessions, the following list of project ideas was generated by the joint Think City/EcoPlan team. The presentation that follows is still quite rough but will give the reader an idea of the wide range of ideas under consideration.
Fortunately Penang does not have to start from the beginning and all by itself reinvent its presently troubled transportation arrangements to create a beautiful and sustainable city. There are many cities in different parts of the world who have in the past addressed these same challenges, patiently, consistently and with continuity and excellent results. So in many ways there is nothing new; it all depends on how you put it together. And it is these cities and these projects that provide examples for Penang. All of these examples taken together constitute what we call the New Mobility Agenda. Let us have a look as been learned over the last three decades in these “rethinking cities”.
Underlying objective: All of the strategic points set out in the following have already been adopted by leading cities around the world, many of them in Europe. And they will in time be adopted, adapted and put into service in Penang. But the objective of this program’s is to accelerate this learning process, in the hope of gaining at least five maybe ten or more years in bringing world-class mobility to Penang.