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 http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/views/2017/01/22/make-penang-the-cycling-capital-excouncillor-more-needs-to-be-done-following-success-of-bikesharing/
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.
Why cities need to start planning with women in mind
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.
The goal of this section of the Sustainable Penang supporting websites is to provide easy access to anyone from within Penang or beyond in order to get a clear understanding of what is going on in the at-times painful path of contradictory and withheld information on the topic of how best to go about creating a sustainable, efficient and equitable mobility system for all in Penang. It works like this.