OP-ED: Time for more Strategic Citizen Impatience for a Bicycle Master Plan for Penang

Penang has waited long enough, too long I would say, to have a real cycling program, which starts on and will transform the streets to ensure safe and abundant cycling for all ages. As far as I can see (I hope I am wrong) the State government of has not announced strategic program for a cycling […]

Sustainable Penang Civil Society Honor Roll

Dear Friends of a Sustainable Penang, I am hard at work on a challenging book under the title BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Mobility to Smaller Asian Cities, which is not about Penang, the focus being much broader. However, at one point in the book I intend to comment on some of the most interesting things I […]

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY’S BITTER PILL (And why most politicians do not want to swallow it)

An even dozen hard facts that politicians, administrators and engineers are finding it very hard to accept – but without which they will never be able to lead the transition to sustainable mobility and a sustainable city.

The rough road to sustainable mobility: Values, priorities, behavior . . and finally, understanding people

What many people call “transportation” . .  is at its very essence not about road or bridges, nor vehicles or technology, and not even about money.  Above all it is about people, their needs, fears, desires and the decisions they make. And the backdrop — real and mental — against which they make those decision. The […]

China’s Lose-Lose Love Affair with the Modern Motor Car

Report from China: Op-Ed by Robert U. Ayres In December I travelled to the city of Kunming, in Yunnan province, China. The occasion of the trip was to attend a conference on planning and give a talk on economics at that conference. The host was the newly appointed provincial Governor, who is also the Communist […]

“BETTER CHOICES”?

Bringing Sustainable Transport to Smaller Asian Cities “Better Choices” is the title that Professor S. K. Jason Chang, Director, Advanced Transport Research Center of National Taiwan University and I have chosen for our collaborative book in the works reporting on the challenges of “Bringing Sustainable Transport to Smaller Asian Cities”. The MS is presently in process and […]

(BC) Planners Bookshelf: Putting Wikipedia to work

From the beginning in the late eighties the New Mobility Agenda was conceived as a shared space for communications and didactic tools zeroing in on our chosen topic from a number of angles,  and over the last eight years World Streets has  continued in this tradition. I hope that what follows may be useful to […]

Ann Hackett comments on “Traffic is people. (And people are smart)”

Hi Eric, I’ve been meaning to respond on other issues as well so I’ve added in some thoughts about taxis. Congestion contributes to both public health and environmental emergencies. My understanding is that global warming and its effects are the new mobility paradigm, rather than smart phone apps and their technological interface with mobility. In […]