Roadmap: Navigating this site

This website has three main functions:

magnifying glass(1) Platform: Provide an open platform for collaborative communication on the target program.

(2) Network:  Identification, outreach and linking to extend the number and range of people and organizations interested to follow progress and contribute to the shared vision, strategy and transformation effort.

(3) Reference: Free resource to serve planners, policy makers, NGOs, academics, students, environment and transport user groups, neighborhood organizations, journalists and others wishing to follow the SP/NM project over 2013-2020.

Target readers: 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. We feel strongly that the success of Penang’s new mobility efforts depends in good part in their willingness to learn and benefit from international experience, bearing mind that in virtually all of the problems they are well known and have been creatively resolved in other places.

To take them in order:

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International Organizations, Agencies and Others

Note; 1 August 2015. The following is a working draft in progress. We post it at this time to invite our readers’ views, correction and eventual additions.

International networking to support Sustainable Penang project

flags at UNUp until the present time virtually all of the networking and exchanges under this project have taken place within Penang and Malaysia more generally. However as of mid-2015, the leader of this mission has concluded that the role and participation of international organizations and various specialized agencies is going to be critical to bringing about a better informed and more coherent transport and land use policy in Penang.

These State and other concerned local organizations have a great deal of catching up to do, and all of this will become much easier if they take advantage of international partners and sources to ensure that their policies take advantage of past experience and leading practices in other places. The problem is not so much one of money, as it is of knowledge, vision, strategy and leadership.

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Original Mission Statement (August 2013)

We thought it might be useful at a time  when we are reorganizing this platform and the follow-up program more generally in order to move ahead on this ambitious undertaking, if we were to remind our readers about the original mission statement, of August 2013, shared with the organizers and others interested before initiation of the mission in Penang.

Malaysia, GeorgetownStep 1: 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.  They have paid a very high price for this move from old to new mobility, and there is no good reason that Penang should not make a serious effort to learn the lessons of this experience.

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The Penang Transport Council – As seen in 2009

Penang Transport Council to tackle transportation problems

George Town. 10 March 2009. The Sun Daily. – http://www.thesundaily.my/node/158168

Traffic jam road February 1, 2009 in Georgetown, Penang.

Traffic jam road February 1, 2009 in Georgetown, Penang.

The Penang government hopes to resolve the transportation problems in the state with the setting up of a Penang Transport Council (PTC).

Local government and traffic management committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said today the members of the working group on transport set up last year will be roped in to form the PTC.

“With the setting up of the PTC, we hope to come up with a Penang transportation master plan to review the public transport systems and traffic management and find ways to improve them,” he told a press conference.

“The PTC meetings will be open to the public when the need arises — and the principle of accountability and transparency will be followed,” he said.

Listing traffic congestion, parking problems and inadequate public transportation as among the main transportation woes, Chow said the PTC will be the coordinating body for all such issues.

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PENANG TRANSPORT COUNCIL – SUMMER 2015 PROGRESS UPDATE

penang transport council 2We shall be looking at this important politically appointed advisory group of twenty nominated men and two women in the weeks ahead to see if an independent analysis might help our readers come up with ideas to help Penang do better. We hope to be able to share with out readers all reports and recommendations coming out of this group and passed on to the State government or other institutions since 2012.

The Penang Transport Council website states its mission as follows: “To adopt a new vision-paradigm in tackling transport – one that moves people away from over-dependence on private transport to a more economically and ecologically sustainable public transportation system.”

The following text is taken as is from the PTC site at http://ptc.penang.gov.my

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Critiquing the Penang Transport Master Plan (2013-2030)

Penang heavy traffic smaller

The following  strategic commentary appeared in the form of a long letter responding to an invitation by the chief transport planner of Penang with the State Government Office to comment on a strategic presentation and commentary he was about to make at end year in Kuala Lumpur reflecting back on the  Penang Transport Master Plan (2013-2030) carried out for the State by Halcrow and AKC Planning   and published in a final version in October 2-12. Mr. Lim’s commentary. Cross Roads, Game Changers & Bulls’ Horns, is available here

Update. My quick six-point “Summer 2015 Executive Summary” follows:

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