Who reads Sustainable Penang?

To a Citizen Climate/New Mobility Action Plan for Penang

This blog was created on 1 July 2013 in order to provide a “journal of record” for penang website world readers 30apr14the first planning phase of the Sustainable Penang: New Mobility Initiative.  As of today (30 April 2014)  a total of 149 readers have signed in to indicate their interest in being kept up to date on the postings that appear here, either on a daily or weekly basis. (This sign-in procedure is very simple and can be seen it activated at the top of the upper right menu.)

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Sustainable Penang Roadmap

To a Citizen Climate/New Mobility Action Plan for Penang

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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Rethinking Mobility in Penang

FB  Penang announcementFortunately Penang does not have to start from the beginning and all by itself reinvent its presently troubled transportation arrangements to create a beautiful and sustainable city. There are many cities in different parts of the world who have in the past addressed these same challenges, patiently, consistently and with continuity and excellent results. So in many ways there is nothing new; it all depends on how you put it together. And it is these cities and these projects that provide examples for Penang. All of these examples taken together constitute what we call the New Mobility Agenda. Let us have a look as been learned over the last three decades in these “cities that are rethinking themselves”.

You are invited to inspect the Sustainable Penang: New Mobility project at http://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com.

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World Streets: An open library and toolkit at your fingertips

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Few things are more frustrating in this needful world than to see useful ideas and hard work ending up anonymously on some distant dusty shelf, real or virtual, and not be accessible to people and groups who could put them to good work,  especially at a time of crisis as that we are living through right now. This was one of the challenges we faced at  World Streets  from the very beginning. How to keep all these good ideas and useful tools alive and available beyond the day on which they were first published  and made known  to the world.

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Selected issues defining carsharing in your country

FB xcars 28oct13In the context of the ongoing World Carshare 2014 program, we have been asked by several considering authors to provide some context and perhaps indicate some issues or questions concerning matters that our readers might be interested to know more about in order to better understand the evolution of carsharing in their country.

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A New Moment for Carsharing in the Netherlands

Over the last decade carsharing has increasingly proven itself to be an effective mobility option in cities around the world, serving for well more than 1000 cities on all continents. A key element of an integrated mobility strategy for people and for cities, it is a thrifty transport mode and largely self-financing.

netherlands carshare green wheelsPeople choose to carshare not because they are obliged to, but because it offers a choice. They do it because they see it as a better, more economical way to get around for a portion of their trips. Properly positioned it has been shown that carsharing can offer significant potential for energy savings, pollution reduction, space savings on the street, and reduced requirement for expensive public investments in infrastructure to support cars and/or conventional public transport. However in the last several years the sector has begun to change in some unexpected ways.

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Fair Mobility: Make no small gestures

On fairness in the domain of transportation

The upper and lower limit of government intervention

– Karel Martens

A different perspective: Concerns about the environment have long been seen as a trigger for a transition in transportation planning and policy across the world. While certainly steps in the right direction have been made, so far little fundamental change can be discerned in the policies of most (national) governments.

My claim is that real transition in the domain of transportation, and thus ultimately in the way we travel, can only come about if we recognize that mobility is a prerequisite for full participation in society – and that government policies have to guarantee, as much as reasonably possible, that all can partake in society.
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Is World Streets doing its job? We asked 100 experts for their views – – and 101 responded.

World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.
– Dirk van Dijl, Netherlands

1827 calendar days have passed since World Streets opened its stacks for consultation on 31 March 2009.  Ad the results are there for all to see and judge: 1,196 original articles, 128 contributors, 1,365 photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations, 5443 registered readers, from some 149 different countries, and on an average day anywhere from 150 to 250 visitors click in (best ever: 2002).   But is what we are doing useful and worthy of support? We asked 100 expert readers for their views  — and 101 of them picked up their pens and responded. Continue reading

Reading World Streets in Translation

Have you ever had the opportunity to meet someone who has a lot to say about translation globe - ineedtranslationsthings that interest you very much, but who does not particularly well master your best language. What happens? Well, it depends on your personality type. Many people, perhaps most of us, would probably find it just too uncomfortable to try a real conversation, so after a bit of time either move respectfully into a mutual silence or venture to make a simple point from time to time on the grounds that this is about the best you can do.

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Support World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda

World Streets is an open collaborative public interest program. We are entirely dependent on the support of contributors, authors, readers, subscribers and others who share our deep concerns about sustainable transportation, sustainable development and social justice. Subscription is free for all, and as a matter policy we do not accept advertising. We count on your counsel and support to be able to continue to do our part in 2014 and beyond.

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Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Spring 2014 Newsletter

This carefully compiled seasonal report from Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a fine tool and up to date source guide for researchers and policy makers worldwide. We are pleased to present it in its entirety here, together with references you will find handy to take these entries further. Thanks for your continuing fine work Todd.

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