Motorized two wheelers (M2W) in Penang. Quo vadis.

Penang motorised wo wheelers motorcycles

If you are a car owner/driver, older person trying to get across a busy street in Penang, or mother with a couple of kids on her hands, you are likely to have some pretty ugly thoughts about motor cycles/scooters.

“Instead of dreaming about a distant future, what about first seeing what you can do to meet the important mobility challenges people face every day in Penang, starting with what you already have.”

Fair enough, but the fact is that they are a very important part of the mobility systems of small Southeast Asian cities like Penang (and larger ones as well of course), and we need to learn to look at them in a more positive light. For that we need more information and better perspective.

We are going to recommend a fairly extensive series of “open audits” of key pieces of the sustainable transport/mobility puzzle, once the decision has been made to allow the present SRS program to meet its swift and graceful termination.  One of these has to do with M2Ws.

You would be possibly amazed to see all of the good things that can be done with this one transport mode which is so important for poor people, and for the young, to make this inexpensive way of getting around into something which is safer, cleaner, less encumbering and affordable means of transportation.  We think you’re going to like this.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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