SUSTAINABLE PENANG : TOWARD A NEW MOBILITY AGENDA . Phase 1 Report and Policy Recommendations

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Eric Britton for Think City: Sept. – Nov.2013

The Report in Brief

A collaborative brainstorming document prepared by the author to summarize a number of the outstanding points that came up during the course of three weeks of collaboration in Penang with numerous public meetings, focus groups, seminars and other associated events, the objective of which was to see of working together we could identify a certain number of “pattern breaking” measures and projects that might be considered for implementation in Penang over the coming year.

After a very short graphic introduction, the report is divided into three main sections,. Chapter 2 makes a brief presentation of the structure and orientation of the New Mobility Agenda — a collaborative strategy for bringing in new ideas and approaches for improving mobility in cities and in the surrounding lower density areas. Readers will appreciate that this is a very demanding agenda because it requires not only that policymakers pick out one or several of the proposed strategic pillars, but that they sign up with the entire structure. Without such firm underpinnings, policy risks most certainly to be inconsistent and to lack the necessary continuity for performing the global system.

The third key chapter sets out a series of short descriptions of approximately 40 project ideas or concepts that came up over the course of the discussions with the participating organizations and individuals representing both the public sector and various branches of civil society and the media. These descriptions are for now very brief and are not intended as even pre-planning studies. Rather they are intended to open up discussions of thinking about the selected topics which came out of the focus group meetings and meetings with key government groups over the course of the three weeks. The hope is that some of these ideas – you may choose to think of them as equivalent of bookmarks in your browser – will in the months immediately ahead be picked up and adopted by the principle implementing agencies and groups, and supported by civil society in order to develop a new trend for transport and land use in Penang.

The final section is given over to absolutely vital issues of follow-up and implementation, the critical next step in this process. The implementation phase is to be led in the first instance by the state authority, the Penang Transport Council and the two Municipal Councils who have already initiated some new initiatives which break with the old patterns and choices that favored private car traffic above all. There are better ways of organizing transportation in Penang.

* A copy of the full report  is available at

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About the author:

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, 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 | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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