If Copenhagen can allow pedestrians, cyclists and others to reclaim the streets from cars, why not Penang?
It’s not rocket science.
Note there was initial scepticism and cynicism when the plans were car-free areas were first announced. Many said it couldn’t work … the weather was not suitable, people are so used to cars and not keen on walking, local businesses would suffer, etc.
But look at the results. Even small local businesses seem to be thriving as pedestrians and cyclists feel more relaxed roaming around these areas.
So why not in Penang… The weekly car-free day in Beach Street and nearby areas is a good start. Let’s gradual expand this idea throughout the state and prove that it can be done in Malaysia as well. It could also give our eco-friendly trishaw riders a new lease of life.
Thanks to Ho Hia Tee for the Youtube link. By the way, have you all registered for Penang Forum 4? Details here. Hope to see you there.