Penang and Monorails: Say it with music

Penang is not the first small city in the world faced with a sudden ambition for a monorail.  But THREE monorails. Woah! So to put this into perspective we thought it might be useful to report on the discussions in another place and another, the city of Springfield in the USA, the home of the Simpsons, models off ecology.   A great opportunity to learn from the experience of others. Let’s have a look.

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Media: George Town world heritage site under threat

George Town world heritage site under threat

Girish Sawlani reports for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation  from George Town.

Conservation activists in Malaysia’s historical city of George Town say rapid development is threatening its world heritage listing. A major row has erupted between the activists and the Penang State Government over plans to build a public transport hub next to the heritage zone.

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* * Or perhaps you prefer something along these lines? (Pedestrian Bridge in Shenzhen, China)

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From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection: The Inner Eye – Autumn 2016
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Public transport advocate solicits ideas to break ‘car culture’ in Penang

Penang has over-built infrastructures that are poorly used, says Eric Britton. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

From the Archives. George Town Malaysia. Sept 23 , 2013  http://themalaymailonline.com/ —

By Opalyn Mok

A predilection for cars means that 80 per cent of transport funding is used to cater for the needs of 20 per cent of society, according to a public transport proponent today.

World Car Free Day founder Eric Britton pointed out this uneven distribution in public expenditure was an issue in many modern cities, including Penang.

“It should be the other way around where only 20 per cent funding is needed and it can fulfil the needs of 80 per cent of the society,” he said during a media focus group under the Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda two-week programme this morning.

In a bid to change that, Britton is here for the two-week Sustainable Penang: Towards a New Mobility Agenda.

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