CHALLENGE : Toward a New Mobility Agenda for Penang. Start_here: 2017-2020

concept grahic on wall - ‘thinking in pictures credit www.createwithimpact.com and WayneHall

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.

  1. Web: https://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com/tag/penang-archives/
  2. FB: Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda – https://www.facebook.com/SustainablePenang/
  3. Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainPenang
  4. LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5084715 
  5. WhatsApp – Contributions via the two WhatsApp channels

MORE: And if you should browse the extensive collection of related sites, reports, groups and references listed in the right-hand menu here, and notice anything that is incorrect or missing, I will immediately make the necessary references/corrections.. The address is penang@ecoplan.org.

Now, How do we start?

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About the editor: 

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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