PART TWO: THIS, GENTLEMEN, IS WHAT TRANSPORT PLANNING AND POLICY SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN YOUR CITY

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Not like this.

RECOMMENDATION :

Now, as your long-time pro bono consultant and resilient Parisian friend in the struggle for equitable, efficient and fully sustainable mobility for the last six long years, I would like to share with you my most important and heart-felt single policy recommendation for Penang.

And that is that to deal equitably and efficiently with these important issues and necessary actions, you now immediately invite open public discussion of the need for the passage of a law at least at the level of your state which requires FULL GENDER PARITY for all future, policy, investment and decision fora in and related to the mobility sector.

To be quite certain that we are  on the same page here, permit me to explain in one short sentence why this is essential in a modern democratic society.  AND THAT IS BECAUSE IT IS WELL PROVEN BY EXPERIENCE THAT MEN SIMPLY CANNOT ANTICIPATE THE DAY TO DAY NEEDS OF WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND SOCIAL CONDITIONS FOR MOBILITY.  Even the most sensitive males are in the dark when it comes to understanding and attempting to deal with the day to day experience and needs of the 170 million American females who were not invited to the table in Washington. It’s that simple.

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Archives: Brainstorming the Penang Transport Master Plan(s)

Penang MP Poster top illustrationDraft introduction: Welcome to a collaborative thinking exercise inviting  any and all who may have some questions about the focus, the vision and in the end the quality of future mobility services as being proposed and aggressively pushed by the state government of Penang. The central instrument for this group investigative process is a group of poster illustrations which combine simple images and a few telling words in order test our understanding of the Penang Transport Master Plan — all this as  prepared for the recent Gertak Sanggul Art Festival by Kin Yin and a group  of young collaborators (who will be identified shortly in the final section of this first presentation).

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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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ACTIVISTS DEEM PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PENANG STRUCTURE PLAN A ‘TOTAL FARCE’

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 – Susan Loone, https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/468829. 20 March 2019

“Recommended reading for anyone who cares about Penang, Mobility and Democracy”

Activists today expressed their outrage over the conditional approval of the Penang Structure Plan (PSP) 2030 to include several megaprojects.

Consumers Association of Penang’s Meena Raman said that despite civil society organisations registering objections to these projects at public hearings organised by the state government, their views were not taken into account.

“Obviously, the state government did not listen. They have not taken into account whatever we said during our meetings and public hearings, where we clearly stated our views and objections to the projects,” she told Malaysiakini.

“The process of public hearing which the state government embarked on was merely a formality required by law, but in reality, it was just a rubber stamp to support their warped vision of Penang.

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PENANG TRANSPORT COMPETENCE: THE NEED FOR INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITY BUILDING (Halcrow 2011-2013)

This article addresses a critical part of the on-going Penang transport master planning process — the importance of professional competence int the sustainable transport planning field —which at present is doing so very poorly on just about all fronts.  It presents extracts from the final chapter and overview for the necessary future preparations as set out in Halcrow’s “Institutional  Plan” document of October 2012 . The complete original report is available at http://bit.ly/2KvCz1u.

This excellent analysis and action program recommendations for the future was paid for by the citizens and taxpayers of Penang.  All the reports in this series are being made freely available to all under the Creative Commons  Public Domain License  ( https://wiki.creativecommons.org/wiki/PDM_FAQ)

Readers interested in accessing the eight key volumes, will find them available in the Penang/Battle of Ideas “Watching Brief “web site at http://bit.ly/2KEXWcS – and from there cursor down to the right hand column under the heading Halcrow Reports: 2011-2013.

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