The 2016 Civil Society Penang Sustainable Mobility Challenge: Lessons Learned and Next Steps

What were the weaknesses of our collaborative summer 2016 push

  • Very few – terrific job. Most sincerely! But also, to be honest and strategic . . .

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Op-Ed: Make Penang the cycling capital of Malaysia


This article by De. Lim Mah Hui, Penang Island City Councillor, first appeared in The Star Online on Sunday, 22 January 2017, and is reproduced here with thanks. For the orignial article please lick to

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Op-Ed: Do Not Feed The Hungry Road Monster

This is not the most subtile treatment of the “More Roads/More traffic” problem I have ever seen, but let’s take a look about how the Penang Forum in its civil society pleading for a real vision and strategy behind transport policy and investment in Penang puts their case.

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There is more than one way of changing the quality of transportation and public space in a city.  And more than all of the Big Bang projects that grotesque amounts of money can buy, at the end of the day the most important thing to change in all this is our minds.

And those changes, and hopefully the creative educational process which goes along with it, can be very small indeed.  You do one small visible thing, and then another, and then another again and suddenly everyone in your city starts to look at the issues in a different way.

Here’s an example of what we might call a “Little Bang” project which you and your friends could do quickly and well, and the only thing it would cost to would be the price of an hour of on-street parking space in George Town, Butterworth, or any other transportation hub in Penang with lots of physical, on-Street metered parking.  It is called a PARK(ing) Day.

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