Archives. Andrew tries to get across the street in Penang.

CONGRATULATIONS ANDREW: Best one person transportation initiative that I have seen since first starting to follow developments in Penang in September 2013.

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Op-Ed. Andrew tries to get across the street in Penang.

CONGRATULATIONS ANDREW: Best one person transportation initiative that I have seen since first starting to follow developments in Penang in September 2013.

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Road safety in Malaysia: What, who and why?

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.

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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?

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Conversion: One more determined step toward a car free city

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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:

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Motorized two wheelers (M2W) in Penang. Quo vadis.

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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.

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Protecting the most vulnerable: A “Street Code” for Penang

traffic accident death PenangPedestrian is King? If you really want to protect pedestrians, cyclists, disabled persons and other vulnerable street users in Penang from speeding motorised vehicles, you will do like the best and adopt a living, legal “Street Code”.

The basic idea behind the “Street Code” (Code de la rue), which first became law in Belgium in 2004, and four years later in France,  is  that legal responsibility for any accident on street, sidewalk or public space, is automatically assigned to the heavier faster vehicle. This means that a driver who hits a pedestrian or cyclist has to prove his innocence in the courts — as opposed to today where the cyclist must prove the driver’s guilt (not always very easy to do, and almost always very expensive for the injured party).

The main objectives of the Street Code are to: 1) change the mentality and behaviour of road users so as to improve safety in the streets; 2) ensure better protection of vulnerable road users; 3) take into account the place, rights and obligations of each different road user.

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