Bicycling to Solve Traffic Congestion in Penang

Bicycling within a Comprehensive Transport Plan,
to Solving Traffic Congestion

Dr Lim Mah Hui, Address to MPPP Council Meeting, October 25, 2013

malaysia penang  cycle picWe must start to draw up a bicycle strategy, policy and plan and this must be integrated into town planning. It should be coherent, not piece-meal and ad hoc. It must be bottom-up and not just top-down, i.e., the bicyclists must be intimately involved in the planning. The plan must include a budget

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Report excerpts: Pedestrian Overpasses

6.1           Pedestrian Overpasses

 A pedestrian overpass allows pedestrians safe crossing over busy roads without impeding traffic.

malaysia penang ped overpasses stairsThere was a time that these grafted bits or road-related infrastructure seemed to make sense. A mark of that time was the implicit assumption that “traffic” meant  cars and that it made perfect sense to give them priority over pedestrians, cyclists and anybody else who might wish to cross a busy road. That time has now passed.

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Inside world: on bus dog at my knee

on bus dog at my knee
waiting for sweet voice
to tell when we arrive

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“Transportation” is about physical connection: places and distance, roads and bridges, concrete and steel, speed and space, money and tools, flattening and building, expertise and power, and vehicles in the eyes of the planners that for the most part might as well be empty.

“Mobility” by contrast is about another kind of connection. People. The inside world of transportation. Each time an entirely personal experience. Each person, each time, very different.

If for example  your eyes do not work well, or even at all, how sweet it is on the bus to hear that kind voice telling you when you are about to arrive at your station.

– – > http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/category/haiku/

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, mediator and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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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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Calendar of events (revised)

(As per 23 Sept. 2013)

No. SCHEDULE  Venue  
Date / Time Event Time (hrs)
1 24 Sep 2013 (Tues) Eric Britton  Inaugural  University Lecture: Sustainable Development,  Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Lives 2000 – 2200 Dewan Pembangunan Siswa II, Kompleks Cahaya, Bahagian Hal Ehwal &

Pembangunan Pelajar, USM

2 25 Sept 2013 (Wed) Focus Group Discussion 5: Professional Group 1100 – 1230 Think City, Level 14, EPF Building Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Rd)
3 Focus Group Discussion 6: Civil Society 1400 -1530 Think City, Level 14, EPF Building Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Rd)
4 26 Sept 2013

(Thu)

Focus Group Discussion 8: Non-motorised transport 1100 – 1230 Think City, Level 14, EPF Building Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Rd)
5 27 Sept 2013

(Fri)

Focus Group Discussion 4:  Transport Operators 0900 – 1045 Caring society Complex
6 Focus Group Discussion 7: Transport Regulators 1500- 1600 Caring society Complex
7 30 Sept 2013 (Mon) Focus Group Discussion 10: Women, Gender Balance & Leadership 0900 – 1030  Think City, Level 14, EPF Building Jln Sultan Ahmad Shah (Northam Rd)
8 Master Class 1 :Sustainable Development, Economy and Society 1700 – 1930 Dewan Kuliah B, USM (Lecture Hall B, USM)
9 02 Oct 2013 (Wed) Master Class 2: Action measures and projects  for 2013/14 1700 – 1930 Dewan Kuliah B, USM (Lecture Hall B, USM)
10 03 Oct 2013 (Thu) SYMPOSIUM ON THE STATE & SUSTAINABILITY OF THE ENVIROMENT: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES 0830 – 1315 Cititel
11 Master Class 3: Preparing for 2015 Penang Conference: Implementing Sustainable Transport in Smaller Asian Cities. 1700 – 1930 Dewan Kuliah B, USM (Lecture Hall B, USM)
12 05 Oct 2013 (Sat) STATE OF SUSTAINABLE PENANG MESSAGE 1000 -1200 Penang Municipal Park Lepau Corner

About the editor:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, mediator and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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