Heads-up Penang: Have you thought about getting an Undriving license?

undriving-license-site

There is a program in Seattle, USA that wants to teach you to become an “Undriver”. — Go to http://undriving.org/ for details.

And what about this?  Should Penang also start its own Undriver project. A grassroots movement to show what individual citizens who care can do for themselves and for others for a better, safer and fairer Penang.

Using creative methods to brainstorm and implement different ways to cut down on driving trips, their mission is to challenge people to reduce car trips in any way, shape or form.

Over 70% of the newly licensed “undrivers” say they established a new pattern in commuting. How about just getting in the habit of inviting your neighbor to join you on trips to the grocery store?

What a great change for the New Year!

Now, who is going to take the lead?

* Thanks to Dr. Anwar Fazal for the heads-up

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This is one of a long list of low cost projects and initiatives thus far consisting of some 100 separate actions that can be carried out by government, the private sector, civil society and individuals citizens and groups to advance the Sustainable Transport Agenda over 2017-2018.   Each of these actions will not only lead to important if often small  improvements, but also help all involved better understand the kinds of measures that are needed now and in the longer term. They are learning systems.

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. 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 and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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