Penang? Good morning. May we present Micromobility?

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In brief:

Micromobility is a category of modes of transport that are provided by very light vehicles such as electric scooterselectric skateboardsshared bicycles and electric pedal assisted, pedelec, bicycles.  The primary condition for inclusion in the category is a gross vehicle weight of less than 500 kg. Additional conditions are the provision of a motor, primary utility use, and availability as a shared service. (Thanks WP.)  Note: Additional graphics below purloined from the net. Creative Commons –

Micromobility’s 15,000-mile checkup

January 2019 | Article By Kersten Heineke, Benedikt Kloss, Darius Scurtu, and Florian Weig   Source and full text, graphics and links:  https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/automotive-and-assembly/our-insights/micromobilitys-15000-mile-checkup

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WHY SPEND A BILLION DOLLARS IF A FIVE-MILLION DOLLAR SOLUTION IS BETTER OVERALL?

Canada Malahat Highway congestion traffic

A LESSON FOR PENANG

The great weakness of the local political establishment to Penang’s transport planning  and policy needs is that they have insufficient technical backgrounds and knowledge to solve the mobility problems the people of Penang . This was made clear by the final Halcrow report in 2013 and nothing has been done since to improve the situation.

There are other more effective approaches to dealing with these problems with a strategy of affordable policies, measures and tools capable of giving swift results and a fraction of the costs of the proposed massive infrastructure program, the PTMP.

Let’s have a look at the Canadian report “Rethinking Malahat Solutions: Or, Why Spend a Billion Dollars if a Five-Million Dollar Solution is Better Overall?” at www.vtpi.org/malahat.pdf

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Dear Penang Friends from half the planet over,

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Penang civil society led by Penang Forum have protested against the state government’s plans.

If you are looking on another independent point of view for all that relates to the Penang Transport Master Plan and its various add-ons, derivatives and unwelcome surprises, from an international perspective, I have a small handful of references points which I hope you may find useful:

  1. “TO AN EMERGENCY CLIMATE/MOBILITY ACTION PLAN FOR PENANG” – at http://bit.ly/2PJyWEV
  1. “STRATEGY FOR A CLIMATE/MOBILITY ACTION/PLAN FOR PENANG: 2019-2020” – Facebook at http://bit.ly/2ZThVg8
  1. GOOGLE ON “CLIMATE EMERGENCY” PENANG MALAYSIA” – at http://bit.ly/2WjN0ao

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NEW ECOSYSTEM: SHOW, NUDGE , SMILE . . . (PARADIGM) CHANGE

Green light behavior change

“The power of a new mobility concept depends not on how well it solves a given, targeted problem. But on how many problems it (partly) solves.”  –   Marco Te Brömmelstroet  

TfL to pilot default green man signal

Transport for London (TfL) is set to train ‘green man authority’ on ten pedestrian crossings around the city.   The signal strategy will give pedestrians priority, relying on detectors to pick up any oncoming vehicles.

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HIGH FIVE FOR PENANG!

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What about this? Mr. Roger Teoh recently wrote a thoughtful piece on the hotly (and rightly!) contested PTMP entitled “Five reasons why the Penang transport plan is a white elephant”. Which drew an immediate response from the happy property consortium under their title: “Debunking Arguments Against PTMP”, and in which they provide their best response to their own version of these five contentions at https://www.thesundaily.my/opinion/debunking-arguments-against-ptmp-DA828306. And thus the necessary discussion is engaged (on Roger’s chosen five-point grounds).

Hmm, let’s see now: by choosing a relatively small number, Roger gave them a target to which they responded. That was excellent on the part of the SRS and their partners, and I for one very much hope they will continue. People and groups who need to have answers to their legitimate questions and concerns, and it is important that the state government team respond to these valid public questions.

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PART ONE: THIS, GENTLEMEN, IS WHAT TRANSPORT PLANNING AND POLICY SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN YOUR CITY

 It’s the weekend, so a few pictures to warm up our topic:

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Penang Forum Highway Review Committee in discussion. January 2019.

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Archives: Brainstorming the Penang Transport Master Plan(s)

Penang MP Poster top illustrationDraft introduction: Welcome to a collaborative thinking exercise inviting  any and all who may have some questions about the focus, the vision and in the end the quality of future mobility services as being proposed and aggressively pushed by the state government of Penang. The central instrument for this group investigative process is a group of poster illustrations which combine simple images and a few telling words in order test our understanding of the Penang Transport Master Plan — all this as  prepared for the recent Gertak Sanggul Art Festival by Kin Yin and a group  of young collaborators (who will be identified shortly in the final section of this first presentation).

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