Sustainable Penang Roadmap

Originally posted on Sustainable Penang : Toward a New Mobility Agenda:

magnifying glass This website has three main functions: (a) Platform :  to provide an open platform for collaborative communication on the target program; (b) Network :  outreach and linking to extend the number and range of people and organizations interested to follow progress here, and (c) Reference : a reference resource to serve planners, policy makers, NGOs, academics, students, environment and transport user groups, neighborhood organizations and others wishing to follow the SP/NM project over 2013-2015.  The entire site and reference system has been laid out to serve both local partners and readers in Penang and Malaysia, as well as  international readers interested to inform themselves and follow the development of this original and in many ways exemplary three-year project in Penang.

To take them in order (content as per 28 April 2014):

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2 thoughts on “Sustainable Penang Roadmap

  1. I would like to add one more observation which I don’t think you make, and it is this.
    As a country’s / city’s prosperity grows, more people reach the level of affluence (personal wealth?) where they feel they can afford a car. For most it is an aspiration which not only gives people a sense of personal achievement and status but also a sense of freedom and independence, even though that ‘freedom and independence’ is to a large extent illusory. I did some work for the City of Riga, Latvia, immediately after gaining independence from the Soviet Union. All international advisers said that Riga should expand and improve its already established system of public transport. But this did not line up with many people’s aspirations to enjoy their newly found prosperity. Owning a car was an important form of self expression. While the political and cultural context varies, that psychological need is strong which plays out only too often. What we need to achieve is the change in mind set that it is not smart to own multiple cars but it is smart to use public transport / walk or cycle.

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    • Thank you Juris. Your observation is right to the core of the challenge. You will hopefully be seeing more on this under Sustainable Penang, but also in World Streets we are developing under the Battle of Ideas section, a number of postings and references in the area of “behaviours and choices”. As you point out there is a crying need for more and better there.

      PS. Whatever brought you to Sustainable Penang?

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