Building on a Firm Base: Recent Advances & Accomplishments in Penang

Fortunately the kinds of pattern-break initiatives that are the core of the Sustainable Penang: New Mobility Program are not altogether unfamiliar in Penang intersectionPenang. Over the last decade various agencies and groups have started to think about transportation and environment in different ways, and not only in the abstract.

Here is a shortlist of some of the more innovative related pattern-breaking initiatives already in place and starting to make a visible difference on the streets of Penang. Projects like these do not only change what is happening on the streets but they also, one by one, start to change people’s minds about the city and what they can achieve through  their own actions and choices, our most important objective. *

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A New Moblity Agenda for the Vision Impaired in Penang

In the context of the Sustainable Penang/New Mobility 2014 program, the key to the success of the project lies in the identification and eventual Penang St Nicholas Home logopreparation and implementation of concepts and measures which give more importance to non-motorized transport and public transportation than to the traditional uses of the private car. One of the concepts that came up early in the Focus Group  brainstorming sessions was that of providing voice announcements for the blind and others with visual impairments on the new Rapid Penang bus services being developed across the state. In the following excellent list of needed measures prepared by the local NGO Saint Nicolas Home we see how thoroughly they are looking at the problems of mobility and access for the visually impaired. Thus it is not surprising that Saint Nicolas Home is emerging as one of the most engaged champions of this collaborative project for 2014.  (We shall be seeing more about that project shortly here.)

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Team Building in Penang: Key Organizations and Agencies

malaysia penang mail boxThe following listing of twenty-plus organizations is intended eventually to identify all those groups and institutions who are going to have a role in the restructuring of Penang’s transportation arrangements. (Each of these entries is clickable and will take you directly to the indicated source.)

But here’s our question. Are there other groups and agencies (and companies and media) who should be identified here for communication and coordination purposes in support of the project?  And should you have a contact name and email address at hand, that would be much appreciated. If so please let us know via the email address penang@ecoplan.org. Thank you.

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The Weekly Carnage (An initiative for Penang)

USA NYC taxi accidentStreetsblog in New York City does an excellent job of providing a regular  Friday round-up of motor vehicle violence across the five boroughs of New York City. This is a great idea for Penang. For more on the origins and purpose of this column, please click to About the Weekly Carnage. (You can be sure that the Streetsblog team will help you in building your own site and reporting system. See below for details.)

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Mission Statement: Toward a New Mobility Agenda

Say good-bye to Old Mobility

“Old Mobility” – with its drumbeat stress on steadily increasing supply, more
vehicles, higher speeds, longer distances and more infrastructure as the auto-pilot, unexamined  answer to our city mobility problems — has been the favored path for decision-making and investment in the sector over the last 70 years. It is well-known and easy to see where it is leading.  Aggressing the planet, costing us a bundle, draining the world’s petroleum reserves, and delivering poor service for the transport majority.  It’s time to learn from the best of the rest, the several hundred cities, many of them in Europe, that are showing the way for the rest.

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