* Andrew Han. Originally posted at https://goo.gl/XlBDDT
My public transport journey involves a walk to and from the bus stop. This video shows my journey from Farlim to Gurney Drive. It basically sums up my experience as a pedestrian and a public transport user in Penang – Not that great.
It took 1 hour 20 minutes to get to my destination. The walk to the bus stop has lots of obstacles. I really have to put in lots of effort to be a pedestrian and also a public transport user. How many people willing to put up with that?
There’s a need to improve the facilities for pedestrians to move between public transport. Well-placed walking networks can extend and increase the use of public transport systems and also to make walking in Penang, an enjoyable and interesting experience.
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About the author:
(More here on Andrew when we get it.)
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The trick is that city transport professionals worth their salt know exactly how to attack the points that Andrew shows us so vividly. It’s not hard and it’s not expensive. But it does require giving a real priority to the pedestrian, and make George Town and all of Penang in an agreeable corner of the world in which the cars and trucks wait for the people. People like Andrew, your old parents, your young children.
But with all the talk of Big Bang mega projects like monorails, road widening, new highways, bridges and tunnels to provide “solutions” for 2050 and beyond, the day-to-day human element in 2016 is being overlooked in Penang. The brain surgeons responsible for the 50 billion Ringgit Penang Transport Master Plan apparently missed this one. (See http://pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my/index.php/en/ to discover what they have in mind.) Fortunately it is not too late to get it right.
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Bio: Educated as a development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and international sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport - https://worldstreets.wordpress.com . | Britton online: https://goo.gl/9CJXTh