It is time well past for civil society to step forward with a New Mobility Agenda, strategy and guidelines to improve mobility and access for all in all of Penang. The present proposals and projects of the current state government administration and their “Transport Master Plan” are entirely inadequate in face of the many challenges, felt needs and priorities of the vast majority of Penangites.
As things stand today from the vantage of a qualified sustainable transport planner, it has to be said that there is no strategy, there is no plan; there are only a collection of unlinked mega proposals for crushingly expensive (for future taxpayers) infrastructure projects that will almost inevitably do more harm than good. And all that while offering little relief to the people of Penang in the years immediately ahead.
Gearing up for action
Given this difficult situation, I would very much like to see if we can find the interest and the energy (and the time) to relaunch our 2016 summer challenge to the PTMP. We all have plenty of lessons learned from our first-round push (which was excellent by the way, with several important points to be adapted). I have zero doubts that we now have all the winning arguments on our side. And I am 100% certain that this challenge needs to be mounted for the people and the future of Penang.
For the record here are the main available channels we use for our contributions from here.
- Web: https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/tag/penang-archives/
- FB: Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda – https://www.facebook.com/SustainablePenang/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainPenang
- LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5084715
- WhatsApp – Contributions via the two WhatsApp channels
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Now, How do we start?
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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 https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton