* * * SPECIAL RATES FOR PARTICIPANTS FROM PENANG * * *
The 8th International Symposium On Travel Demand Management is taking place in Taiwan from 27-29 September. All details at http://2017tdm.ntu.edu.tw/.
In recognition to those who are involved in the present vigorous public debate on a viable transport strategy and plan for Penang, the organizers are offering sharp discounts to anyone working on these issues in Penang – whether government, university, NGOs, civil society, researchers, consultants and investigative media. Instead of the full price (USD 350.00) as per 1 August the following prices are available for participants from Penang:
The central premise of the State’s strategy is simple . . . to “move people, not vehicles”. – From the Penang Transport Master Plan, at https://goo.gl/h9q8wm
INVITATION TO AN OPEN PUBLIC BRAINSTORM:
Can we get your support for or your reactions to a draft proposal that follows, for comparing the merits and the usefulness for the people of Penang for five alternative strategies for dealing with Penang’s most pressing transport/mobility needs and priorities? (Note: This is a very rough first introduction to this idea for creating a comprehensive independent basis for comparing the alternative strategies, targets and competence.)
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.
Published on Jul 12, 2016
Fifteen local NGOs’ response to the Penang Transport Master Plan in less than 2 minutes…. please share the video! #PenangTransportMasterplan
Additional references On Penang transport planning and policy
What were the weaknesses of our collaborative summer 2016 push
- Very few – terrific job. Most sincerely! But also, to be honest and strategic . . .
In support of the Better Choices process we are working hard to develop an open on-line library resource with select references on sources intended to be useful to planners, local government, decision makers, operators, the media, students, and concerned elements of civil society. These documents and references are being selected with the counsel of leading international authorities in our field.
For latest information on the Better Choices: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Smaller Asian Cities project, of which the Bookshelf is one part, click to https://goo.gl/qN85st
Address to the Full Council Meeting of MBPP, December 22, 2016
I wish to inform my fellow councilors that this will be my last speech to the Council as I have declined to be nominated by civil society to the State authority for reappointment to the Council.
Let me now touch on the running of the Council. The Council exists to serve rate payers and the public. . . In the interest of promoting greater transparency and participation, and in accordance with Local Agenda 21 that encourages the promotion greater public participation, this Council should be a leader to adopt the policy of allowing members of the public to speak at full council meetings, and also to open up its committee and sub-committee meetings to members of the public.