One of the reasons why such a small proportion of the world cities are working on having more sustainable transportation systems has to do with the fact that these are literally “complex systems”, a category of social and economic interactions which is far more complicated than laying down additional meters of concrete.
A complex system is filled with nuances and surprises, as a result of the fact that all of the bits and pieces that constitute them interact with each other, and all too often yields contradictory results which are quite opposite from what the initial practitiones or policymakers may have wished to bring about. The classic example of this is of course the discredited “predict and provide” approach to transport which famously creates a mindset which consistently favors more traffic. So even with all of the goodwill and hope in the world, many of these policies or approaches achieve results which are contrary to the initial expectations and often deleterious.
* We asked 100 international experts for their views. 101 have responded.
World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.
– Dirk van Dijl
Founder City Car Club
* We asked 100 world experts for their views – – and 101 responded
Dr. Lake Sagaris
World Streets offers an excellent information and exchange service to busy professionals and citizens’ organizations.
We follow its postings closely and translate those most relevant into Spanish, for circulation on our Latin American network of sustainable and active transport enthusiasts, professionals and activists, with excellent results.
Thanks very much to the team responsible. This is an extremely important initiative, with a truly global impact, well worth supporting.
Dr. Lake Sagaris
BFA, MSc., PhD urbanismo y participación
Investigador y Profesor Asociado Adjunto
Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable (CEDEUS)
BRT Centre of Excellence, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
President. Ciudad Viva (Living City). http://www.ciudadviva.cl
* We asked 100 world experts for their views – – and 101 have already responded.
I had some time and read through the World Street site yesterday at some length.
What a great wealth of information and effort. I applaud your originality, energy and organization skills. Congratulations, you are a force.
You are the Darwin of transportation and sustainable streets/towns.
Donald H. Brackenbush
Architect, city planner and engineer
Los Angeles California
CYCLING: We have been exchanging in our several group fora in support of the Sustainable Penang project thoughts about plans and actions in favor of more, better and safer cycling for all in Penang. And of course by this we mean specifically cycling for day to day transport, cycling for men, women and children getting from their particular A to B in all parts of Penang. (though it will be interesting as well to know of their coverage of leisure and touring cycling, etc.)
So, against this background we respectfully ask the following . . .
The letter that follows is, as you will quickly surmise, not an actual communication from one elected official in one case, but rather a composite, a distillation of experience that I have had over these last years of trying to push the sustainable transportation agenda in many parts of the world, almost always in conjunction and in dialogue with mayors and other city leaders.
As you will see, it is not that they are uniformly adverse to or not interested in the concepts behind sustainable transportation and sustainable cities. It is just that they have a great many other things on their mind, including staying on top day after day of the considerable challenges of managing their city — and, in not very long, running once again for reelection. This is the political reality of which those of us who would be agents of change must be aware, that politics is the art of the possible. Now let’s turn the stage over to our mayor: Continue reading
A “Big Bang” approach to a “Holistic” Penang
The full content of the official Penang Transport Master Plan (SDS version) as available on 27 June 2016 is reproduced here for the convenience of our international visitors interested to follow progress . As indicated this is considered by local government as a living document, subject to extensions and updates. For the latest version of this document: http://pgmasterplan.penang.gov.my