Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda, Phase Two: Implementation, is just getting underway, so we are taking this opportunity to carry out a major overhaul of the website and related social media sites, as you will now see in these pages. The site is already fast-growing with new postings, comments and graphics coming in steadily. So as you can well imagine it can be pretty easy to get lost in such a mass. Fortunately we have taken advantage of a quite handy nest of Search functions which you will find explained here
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.
This website has three main functions: (a) Platform: to provide an open platform for collaborative communication on the target program; (b) Network: outreach and linking to extend the number and range of people and organizations interested to follow progress here, and (c) Reference: a reference resource to serve planners, policy makers, NGOs, academics, students, environment and transport user groups, neighborhood organizations and others wishing to follow the SP/NM project over 2013-2015. The entire site and reference system has been laid out to serve both local partners and readers in Penang and Malaysia, as well as international readers interested to inform themselves and follow the development of this original and in many ways exemplary three-year project in Penang.
To take them in order (content as per 28 April 2014):
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The 2014 objective is to identify, prepare and implement specific reforms and projects that can be brought online and already start to show results in the year ahead. (Time horizon as selected by State Government for near-term measures and reforms set out in Transport Master Plan Strategy.)
The key implementing agencies will be the State Government and the two Municipal Councils – MPPP and MPSP — coordinating with the Penang Transport Council. The project is accompanied by Think City and supported by the International Advisory Network of EcoPlan International and World Streets. The key lies in the active engagement of Civil Society Partners in Penang (NGOs, universities, researchers and consultants, media, bloggers, local associations, concerned citizens).
– – > See full Executive Summary at http://penang1xs.ecoplan.org
Click here for the latest version of the Phase 1 summary report which is intended at this point for information and comment by collaborators and others who have indicated their interest in following the Penang New Mobility project. The summary quickly reviews the initial organization and plan for the project, and progress in the second half of 2013. It also sets out the basis of the planned 2014 implementation stage.