The weekly car-free day in a few streets in George Town, launched on 11 December 2011, is a good start which should eventually be expanded to cover more areas.
As you can see, there is considerable support for this car-free day. Certainly, without cars, there is less stress on the streets and pedestrians and cyclists can breathe a lot easier.
I have also noticed groups of young people cycling, attired in cycling gear, on the mainland on Sundays including along the Butterworth Outer Ring Road.
Well done to the state government for launching this. Hopefully, this car-free day can be extended to other parts of the state with proper supporting infrastructure provided such as dedicated cycle lanes all over the state.
In this context, the state government should shelves its plans for RM8bn worth of highways and infrastructure for cars. That money would be better spent on public transport and other means of sustainable transport.
By promoting more sustainable means of transport, we can make it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to reclaim the streets of Penang without having to worry too much about their personal safety.