ITDP: GEORGE TOWN COULD BECOME A MALAYSIAN BEST PRACTICE IN TRANSPORT (with 42 ITDP policy recommendations, notes and commentary)

_SOURCE: https://www.itdp.org/2019/03/04/george-town-cycling-walking-transport/

George Town, a scenic Malaysian city on the island of Penang, is a culturally-significant and popular tourist destination. The city is a dense, beautiful collection of colonial-era and other historic, well-preserved architecture. Listed as a UNESCO World Culture Heritage site, George Town has long been an important center of trade in Penang, founded as an entry port by the British in the 1700s, and attracting traders and workers from all over the region. Today, George Town is a diverse mix of cultures, with influences of China, India, Indonesia, Burmese, the Arabic world, and many others, including the native Malays.

Editorial note: We have discussed this article in group peer commentaries reviews in recent months, and have been urged to highlight a certain number of key points and recommendations advised by the ITDP team which in our view provide an excellent starting point for the revised mobility strategy for Penang in the years immediately ahead, starting in 2020.  The original ITDP article of  4 March 2019 with illustrations, can be found at   https://www.itdp.org/2019/03/04/george-town-cycling-walking-transport/  Your comments are particularly invited on any one or all of these 42 critical points and recommendations.                 

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Penang: A Walk along the Street of Harmony

Penang Street of Harmony Project celebrates mutual tolerance illustrated by this amazingly cosmopolitan microcosm.

 – Anwar Fazal takes us for a walk down the Street of Harmony in Penang.

The island of Penang, Malaysia, has long been a magnet for a multitude of people from all over the world and has over the last two centuries succeeded in integrating countless cultures and religions into its very fabric.

Penang  is very special.  It was a place that opened up for all the communities of the world. That particular special flavor, sometimes in many places in the world, is all too often lost over history. But in Penang, uniquely, it continued.

There is much Penang can teach the world today about acceptance and harmony in diversity.

* * * Walk down the streets of Penang with Anwar Fazal. |  View: https://vimeo.com/219493364

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EMERGING MOBILITY SERVICES: A WORKING TOPOGRAPHY

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EMERGING MOBILITY SERVICES (rCITI)

A team from the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia Emerging Mobility Services offers their own definitions, which includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: *

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PTMP? “I believe that the PTMP is an excuse to camouflage Penang’s developed based policies”

— Dr. Ahmad Hilmy Abdul Hamid. School of Housing, Building and Planning,
Universiti Sains Malaysia.  Published 20 May 2019, Free Malaysia Today . http://bit.ly/2VUPyzx

When I read the recent article in Free Malaysia Today  ‘Penang NGOs — an opposition force without accountability? — http://bit.ly/2VUPyzx — Timothy Tye and Joshua Woo’ the first thing that came to mind was ‘Ouch!’ Because even though I have no affiliation to the NGOs Timothy and Ahmad Hilmi PENANGJoshua were referring t,o I do follow the issues raised in particular the proposed PIL1 highway and the so-called Penang Transport Master Plan (PTPM). I would say the article summarily denied the positive contributions of Penang NGOs for example, when they successfully halted/revised the implementation of PORR and Penang Global City Center (PGCC) among others.

The primary purpose of their article I gather is to discredit the NGOs especially those who have raised questions on the viability and future prospects of PTPM as a whole coupled with the South Reclamation Scheme. By citing other ‘successful’ projects implemented over the years, readers are supposed to also accept that PIL1, PTPM and SRS will be just as successful.

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Gentlemen of SRS Consortium and State government meeting in Komtar to finalise PTMP.

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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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