Bigger, Wider, Faster and More Roads for Penang . . . : Politicians, Engineers, External Costs (And you)

What are the actual costs off building bigger, wider, fast and more roads for Penang: Let’s start by hearing two conflicting and in many ways typical opinions:

Wrong about widening the roads? “FOLLOW THE MONEY”

Dr. Pojani in her lecture at Penang Heritage  of Friday entitled “Urban Transport Crisis in Small and Medium Size Developing Cities and the Effectiveness of Countermeasures” — at one point advises us to FOLLOW THE MONEY.  Now that’s an interesting comment and really makes me wish I had been with you. Here’s an example of how I interpret […]

WHAT DO I MEAN BY A “CAR FREE CITY”? 

* Most definitely not a city without cars, but a city in which living without a car is, on the grounds of convenience, comfort and economics for many preferable to living with one.  It is not about government interference or compulsion. It is a scenario which offers more and better choices.  (Does your city offer that […]

SEDUCTIVE BUT DESTRUCTIVE GOALS: Congestion-free and affordable driving

Urban transport decision-makers face huge pressures to keep driving uncongested and to keep it cheap. But take a look at cities that have worked long and hard to get free-flowing traffic and affordable driving. I doubt you will like what you see. This point was a central theme of Paul Barter’s chapter “Achieving Sustainable Mobility” which […]

World Car Free Cities: A Progress Report

Cities around the world are beginning to work with this ice-breaking sustainability approach. It’s not just research or theory; it is policy and practice. But this is not an easy road. Proper preparation and follow-up are critical for success. Since 1994 New Mobility Agenda and World Streets have offered information, references, discussion space and an […]

The Mobility Complex: John Whitelegg lights a fire.

Important announcement: To celebrate European  Mobility Week (16th-22nd, http://www.mobilityweek.eu/) the selling price of the e-book has been slashed to 99 UK pence (£0.99, about 1.15 Euros) from today up until the 22nd.  You will have it immediately at http://tinyurl.com/zxclcz4 . (You may have to hunt for it just under the Kindle edition price slot). John Whitelegg, Professor […]

World Streets International Advisory Council

With one eye to laying the base for our work and collaborative programs , we are currently in the process of updating and extending this list of distinguished international colleagues, each of whom is hard at work day after day on challenges, projects and programs, alone and with others, all in support of the principles […]

“Thursday”: A breakthrough strategy for reducing car dependence in cities

Whereas Car Free Days have been organized in cities around the world all over the year for the last two  decades, there is inevitably a spate of high activity in the month of September, much of it the result of the European Commission’s continuing commitment to both the concept of Car Free Days and their […]

Op-Ed: A Properly Financed Transport Plan for the Long Haul

This official interview with state executive councillor for Local Government,Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Chow Kon Yeow has appeared at a good time as public discussions are gathering momentum with a growing range of no-political civil society organizations and NGOs asking that the state government reconsider the “Big Bang” project which they have developed by […]

RETHINKING NEW MOBILITY IN PENANG: The search for Values, Vision, Competence, Strategies, Tactics . . and Happiness.

Introduction. Dr. AH Abdul Hamid, an eminent traffic and transport engineer from the School of Housing, Building and Planning at the USM, has recently  issued a strong call to respond to the at times acrimonious debate between the government and its consultants who are defending a high cost, car-oriented, project-oriented “Big Bang” program of costly investments […]

Eric Britton

Founding editor (acting 2016): Francis Eric Knight Britton Professor,  Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy Institut Supérieur de Gestion 8 Rue de Lota, 75116 Paris Bio: http://goo.gl/8CQPtq Email: eric.britton@isg.fr Tel. +339 8326 9459 Managing Director, EcoPlan International Founding Editor: World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities Personal: Sainte Anne. 9, rue Gabillot Lyon 69003, France E: […]

Malaysian scholar on Transport and Land Use comments on The Battle of Penang

SRS projects vs. Penang Forum call for new Transport Master Plan Translated from Chinese interview of Ahmad Hilmy, transport and city planning scholar from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which appeared in the China Press of August 13, 2016. Mr. Hilmi closes the interview by stating frankly his recommendation that “the government engage independent experts […]

Op-ed: Morten Lange (Iceland) in response to Free Public Transport?

Hello Eric, Thanks for forwarding the short reply by Lloyd Wright on Free Public Transit to the list.  It made me think: Hmm possibly the comparison of Free Public Transit  to public spaces that are generally open to use by the population free of charge is a strong, valid point.  Beyond that here are some […]

Through the Looking Glass: Liftsharing UK 18 years later

Ali Clabburn, Founder, MD, and Possiblist of the UK ridesharing group Liftshare (at right above) reminds us 18 years later of how much has changed in the world of ridesharing, but also the whole spectrum of sustainable transport thinking and practice. Ali’s personal story with ridesharing got started by accident.

David Provoost, ISG 2016: On Understanding the Link between Sustainable Development and Big Data for Business

“Big Data” is a term referring to all the massive amount of information with which people can work in this 21st Century. It is fundamentally different from the casual denomination of “simple” or “historic” data because there is such a huge mass of information generated with Big Data that normal tools of treatment cannot deal with it. […]

Op-ed: LLoyd Wright In Response to Free Public Transport?

Following up on Simon Norton comments here of 2016/08/07 “Public Space” is generally mostly free. This includes footpaths, parks, and town squares. If one advocates charging for public transport, it would seem most of the same arguments would apply to public space. And yet few would actually support such a position, principally on grounds of equity. […]

Op-ed: In Response to Free Public Transport?

Simon Norton comments: Submitted on 2016/08/07 There are 2 overriding arguments for free transport: It avoids the cost (in both person power and time) of fare collection. The latter is particularly relevant when a bus has to spend ages at bus stops collecting fares from boarding passengers. Then motorists demand that the bus pulls into a […]