WordPress.com stats prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
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Lyon, 23 November 2014
Dear Penang Friends and Participants in the Sustainable Penang/New Mobility Agenda program,
An end-year note from Lyon to let you know that in the year ahead my colleagues and I intend to persist in our efforts to support the efforts to bring sustainable transport to Penang. For the time being and to keep the project alive, this takes the form of (a) maintaining our Sustainable Penang/New Mobility Agenda website at https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com (currently being kept up to date and followed by 153 people both in Penang and beyond) and the supporting Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/SustainablePenang (117). (You can see a bit more about how these information and exchange points are working in the two maps at the end of this posting.)
After careful consideration I have come to two policy conclusions about the reality of the transport situation in Penang which I firmly believe are critical to your future and which I would now like to share with you. Good news, and less good news.
The “humble” bicycle has a major role in 21st century cities, large or small, North or South, rich or poor. Getting city cycling right is a matter of high priority when it comes to local and planetary environmental impacts, solid economics, affordability, fossil fuel and resource savings, public health, equity, democracy and quality of life. For all of those of our cities around the world who have over the last decades bought into the car-plus-speed lifestyle without giving it much thought, getting this transition right is a significant technical, social and political challenge.
Fortunately there is a large and fast expanding base of experience and information on the topic, which should guarantee success for all those who are not too lazy or in too much in a hurry to do their homework properly and lay a successful base for their project.
See the latest government announcements, vigorous discussions and media coverage of the proposed 2015 public bicycle project for George Town on our supporting Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/SustainablePenang.
Kuala Lumpur Car Free Morning (KLCFM)
The mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib, is engaged in an interesting experiment which got underway in January this year with the announcement by the city of a “Cycling Sunday”, to take place on the first Sunday of each month from 7:30 to 9:30 during which time a six kilometer stretch of streets in the central area is made (car) traffic free and reserved for cycling. On the first Sunday more than 1000 people came out to take advantage of the traffic free stretch: adults and children, cyclists, pedestrians, skateboarders and online skaters among them.
For an idea of where “Sustainable Penang” is being read in Malaysia (in all four languages), have a look at the following map which records the location of readers across Malaysia who have signed into the site in the last three days.
From an international perspective the world reader map looks like this:
For the Malay translated edition of this program, go to the left sliding menu (the + sign up top) and click under Translate. the link to Malay version. (You will also see there links to the Chinese and Tamil translations.)
As of today Sustainable Penang is available in quick translations in Malay, Chinese and Tamil. If you click the left menu (plus sign up top) you will see the translation links in the sliding menu. Our hope is that this will facilitate even wider circulation, discussion and use of these ideas across all of Malaysia.
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
The Penang State Government is planning to introduce Park & Ride service for those who commute to Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone (FIZ).
In your opinion, do you think this system may help to reduce congestion particularly the roads leading to the FIZ?