Bicycling infrastructure is the determinant factor in influencing city dwellers to choose bicycles over motor vehicles for daily use
By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH, November 22nd, 2018 – https://themalaysianreserve.com
Lack of infrastructure and regulations are among the major reasons that contribute to the gradual disappearance of bike-sharing businesses in Malaysia.
Sanjey Chandran, a mobility observer, said the cycling infrastructure provided by the government is the determinant factor in influencing city dwellers to choose bicycles over motor vehicles for daily use.
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Penang’s Climate/New Mobility Emergency Action Plan and Demonstrations: 2019-2020
Penang heavy traffic bridge no room for cyclists (Remind me, where do you fit them in?)
Proposed New Mobility Penang Demo Project #1.
PENANG NEEDS A BICYCLE MAYOR
Cycling the streets and roads of Penang today is at best difficult. And rare. There are very few provisions for safe and comfortable cycling, the weather can be terribly hot. The traffic a challenge, and the old cycling culture has almost entirely disappeared.
So the Bicycle Mayor would be starting with a weak base. But what a wonderful place it could be for the people of Penang to get around safely in daily life. So we start with a dream, then we get courage, and then we get the people, to together turn the idea into reality. A gift to themselves and a gift to the planet.
To build on our recent Op-ed “Time for more Strategic Citizen Impatience for a Bicycle Master Plan for Penang” ay, let me try to be a bit more concrete with a quick brainstorm note for critical discussion. Bear with me please.
Penang has waited long enough, too long I would say, to have a real cycling program, which starts on and will transform the streets to ensure safe and abundant cycling for all ages. As far as I can see (I hope I am wrong) the State government of has not announced strategic program for a cycling renaissance, no comprehensive audit, no specific commitment, no explicit goals, no announced global budget, no open working group, and no timetable or metrics again which success or failure could be judged. Yes, you have some activities and improvements going on here and there– but these are fragmented and there is no overarching MASTER PLAN FOR CYCLING IN PENANG.
* Eric Britton: Notes from a group discussion on the Sustainable Penang WhatsApp forum of the lack of a structured bicycle plan for Penang, 17 Feb. 2017
Subject: PTMP position, plan and recommendations for motorcycles
YB Chow Kon Yeow Professor Eric Britton
Dear Mr. Chow,
CYCLING: We have been exchanging in our several group fora in support of the Sustainable Penang project thoughts about plans and actions in favor of more, better and safer cycling for all in Penang. And of course by this we mean specifically cycling for day to day transport, cycling for men, women and children getting from their particular A to B in all parts of Penang. (though it will be interesting as well to know of their coverage of leisure and touring cycling, etc.)
So, against this background we respectfully ask the following . . .
4 Feb. 2016. https://web.whatsapp.com/-Sustainable Penang
11:31. Lim Thean-heng (LTH, Site initiator). Shares a picture of Mayor Enrique Peñalosa of Bogotá on a bike.
11:59. Britton (EB):
To draw your attention to one small detail in the photo of Mayor Enrique Peñalosa of Bogotá on a bike. He is an everyday city cyclist, and like the vast majority of such cyclists in cities with good bike policies, he is not wearing a helmet. That means he perceives cycling in his city as safe enough not to have to wear a helmet.
World Streets, Paris. 27 January 2016
Set up as a dedicated independent group platform in April 2007, the World City Cycling Forum of World Streets has grown slowly over these nearly nine years, and just this week for the first time passed the 400 member threshold, with today exactly 411 signed in members from all continents and countries rich and poor, several thousand postings and hundreds of striking photographs. Bravo to us all!
* See https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldcitybike/