PART TWO: THIS, GENTLEMEN, IS WHAT TRANSPORT PLANNING AND POLICY SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN YOUR CITY

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Not like this.

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Now, as your long-time pro bono consultant and resilient Parisian friend in the struggle for equitable, efficient and fully sustainable mobility for the last six long years, I would like to share with you my most important and heart-felt single policy recommendation for Penang.

And that is that to deal equitably and efficiently with these important issues and necessary actions, you now immediately invite open public discussion of the need for the passage of a law at least at the level of your state which requires FULL GENDER PARITY for all future, policy, investment and decision fora in and related to the mobility sector.

To be quite certain that we are  on the same page here, permit me to explain in one short sentence why this is essential in a modern democratic society.  AND THAT IS BECAUSE IT IS WELL PROVEN BY EXPERIENCE THAT MEN SIMPLY CANNOT ANTICIPATE THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS OF WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS FOR MOBILITY.  Even the most sensitive males are in the dark when it comes to understanding and attempting to deal with the day to day experience and needs of the 170 million American females who were not invited to the table in Washington. It’s that simple.

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PART ONE: THIS, GENTLEMEN, IS WHAT TRANSPORT PLANNING AND POLICY SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN YOUR CITY

 It’s the weekend, so a few pictures to warm up our topic:

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Penang Forum Highway Review Committee in discussion. January 2019.

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What’s wrong with Old Mobility (i.e., the one we have)?

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same
level of thinking that created them.” — Albert Einstein

Well when it comes specifically to our present arrangements for transport in cities the answer to this is a very long one.  Just to hit the high spots:

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OP-ED: Penang needs a new economic vision that sustains people and environment

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Penang Forum citizen meeting, with NGOs

Penang needs to use this opportunity of New Malaysia to shift to New that is more strategic, measured and successful in benefits realisation for its people, environment through its policies. Creative innovation needs to be the central driver in policy making and implementation area. This requires Penang government to restructure its state civil service to be more lean and efficient and integrated with more innovative players in the economy such as NGOs, applied research sector and private sector. Politicians are also at a very timely juncture to assess the performance of civil servants at senior and mid levels and put in place the necessary teams for the next and final lap.

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OP-ED: TAKING PENANGITES FOR A RIDE: Tackling traffic congestion problems in Penang??

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Construction works on elevated viaduct over  stretch of  Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway

Letter by Ravinder Singh to Malayasiakini of  10 April 2019,. Full text and graphics available at https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/471717.  Kind thanks to both of them for sharing this brilliant, calm and balanced commentary on a deeply troubled proposed project..

On the one hand the Penang government says that it wants to tackle the road traffic congestion problems in Penang (mainly on the island), and on the other it wants to build more roads to accommodate more vehicles. Has building more roads ever solved  traffic problems in other cities?

Having been following the debate and public meetings on this grandiose project, I am left wondering whether Penangites are being taken for a ride.  Or as we say udang sebalik batu

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