Malaysia reports to the World Health Organization on the order of 24 traffic fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants in recent years, sharing this ranking with countries like Chad, Namibia, Eritrea, and Swaziland. Countries with anywhere from one half to one tenth of the GDP/capita of the average Malaysian.
Roughly two thirds of the total killed were on motorcycles of varying sizes. Most of them were young people. This rate has not declined in recent years.
Where in the Penang Transportation Master Plan(PTMP) can we find the analysis, conclusions and policy recommendations to do something about it? And could this be shared with the public?
Paris mayor’s attempt to curb traffic along Seine leaves some commuters fuming
Mayor Anne Hidalgo called move ‘historic’; opposition decried it as ‘autocratic’
By Michelle Gagnon, CBC News, Oct 01, 2016 – http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-cars-gagnon-1.3786615
CBC reporter and producer Michelle Gagnon came to Paris to enquire about the Paris plan to retire parts of a city highway and turn it into a carless, truckless, busless urban walk, linger, bike and play way. Her article opens like this:
If you are a car owner/driver, older person trying to get across a busy street in Penang, or mother with a couple of kids on her hands, you are likely to have some pretty ugly thoughts about motor cycles/scooters.
“Instead of dreaming about a distant future, what about first seeing what you can do to meet the important mobility challenges people face every day in Penang, starting with what you already have.”
Fair enough, but the fact is that they are a very important part of the mobility systems of small Southeast Asian cities like Penang (and larger ones as well of course), and we need to learn to look at them in a more positive light. For that we need more information and better perspective.