From the State’s”Big Bang” Master Plan. Proposed undersea tunnel to bring traffic from mainland
[Following is an incomplete working draft. Posted for now as a place saver. Stay tuned. ]
This attempt to develop a legitimately sustainable transport master plan for Penang has lost track from this end with the local debate, plans and initiatives and is a full year out of date. We very much hope that time and eventually sponsorship will be found in order to continue our contribution.
Here you have a handful of references that will be useful as updates.
* Initial platform. Better Choices: Toward a New Mobility Agenda for Penang
* Google on Penang Transport Master Plan + selected keywords – https://bit.ly/2EoX6wU
* News updates – https://bit.ly/2JonACl
* Selected videos – https://bit.ly/2HdyxGg
* Selected images and maps – https://bit.ly/2GCm79T
* Sustainable Penang on Facebook – Better Choices: Bringing a New Mobility Agenda to Penang, 2018-2020 – https://www.facebook.com/SustainablePenang/
* Sustainable Penang on LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5084715
7 April 2018. – WORKING DRAFT = MORE TO FOLLOW.
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About the author:
Lessons from a Stakeholder Engagement Process for Penang, Malaysia
– Author: Minal Pathak • MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program 2017
– Commentary by Eric Britton, Professor of Sustainable Development, Institut Supérieur de Gestion Paris
It would be most interesting for those of us looking in from outside, to see a “Naming Names” chart, which identifies those individuals, political groups, companies, financial groups, captive media, and lobbies who from all appearances have taken over the governance process in Penang in a variety of vital areas, and moved the decision process over radically to a consistent, unsustainable, inequitable and inefficient model of environmental, economic, and social development.
Including of course all of those outside forces ready at the drop of a hat to support the lack of a strong model for a Sustainable Penang.
Anybody up for taking a first stab at this, which can then perhaps be extended and articulated as part of an open collaborative process?
In a conversation about one of the critical issues and decision points being set out in my forthcoming collaborative book, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City” — namely the fundamental structural importance of the climate/transport link — I was told yesterday by a well-placed person in Malaysia that no one in Penang or indeed Malaysia (or for that matter pretty much anywhere else on our gasping planet) takes climate change seriously. At least sufficiently seriously to even consider changing their daily transport choices (which it just happens is what my book is all about.).
This year’s program combines site visits, brainstorming sessions, conferences, presentations and vigorous questioning, looking, listening and co-learning with my esteemed long time Taiwanese friends and colleagues.from 22 September to 4 October. Among the main events and presentations:
Out there in the real world life is a complex interactive system in which things do not exist in isolation but depend heavily on each other. As Miller and Scott put it: “A complex adaptive system is a system in which a perfect understanding of the individual parts does not automatically convey a perfect understanding of the whole system’s behavior”. Which means that if our goal is to create a strong and wise policy for sustainable transport in and around our cities we need to change our tools and perspective as well as our behaviour. As the Brundtland Report, “Our Common Future” told us already a full generation ago . . .
The following is taken from the peer review edition of the forthcoming book “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City“. For a copy drop a line to betterchoices@ecoplan,org.
Whether or not congestion is “good” is one thing. But what is for sure is that one way or another congestion is policy, or at the very least a policy option. And in some cases quite possibly a wise one.
Now this has been said many times by many people in many places, yet despite its incontrovertible wisdom the message continues to get lost on policy makers. So in cases like this, we have to take a page out of the book of good people who sell us iPhones and cars, and keep repeating our message.
Today let’s hand over the podium to Kent Strumpell from Los Angeles and see what he had to say on our subject in LA Streetsblog back in early 2008. To this reader it has lost none of relevance over almost a decade. Read on. Continue reading