Groupstorm: Laying the base for the Penang Bicycle Master Plan

To build on our recent Op-ed “Time for more Strategic Citizen Impatience for a Bicycle Master Plan for Penang” ay, let me try to be a bit more concrete with a quick brainstorm note for critical discussion. Bear with me please.

1. Why not consider building up piece by piece a citizen’s Penang Bicycle Plan Consortium and start to draw up a first stage work program to lay the base for a full-scale Penang City Cycle Master Plan? (Do you Think City might be approached for help to get this going?) From this end I will be glad to lend a hand within my areas of expertise to help get you started.

2. You will need some real world level counsel on this. There are some very strong, sensitive individual experts and groups out there, and once again I can help you to sort them out.

3. Then once you have your plan for a plan, I would suggest a vigorous high profile outreach, first to bring in your rich collection of dedicated NGOs, civil society groups and local activists.

4. Once you have done this important homework, and checked it out with real pros, you might think about taking a page out of the good work you did to get the Better, Faster Cheaper project up and going, including your great, non-nonsense, hilarious video “Crash Course Introduction to the Penang Transport Master Plan ( )

5. Then once you have all the NGOs and the media behind you, it’s time to reach out to the schools and employers, both public and private, and make them part of the comprehensive plan and program. (Don’t forget the police and the various automotive groups). You will explain to them the advantages that accrue to each of these groups. (You might find some value in the draft listing posted today to – “Sustainable Penang Civil Society Honor Roll”)

6. You then get a petition going, and get thousands of signatures. And with this in hand I am confident that you are going to get the necessary government support (even though it may be over some of their dead bodies).

This is very sketchy, but we’ll be back to you shortly with more detail and authority.

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. 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, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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