Moving in the right direction, the local government in Penang could soon introduce car-free streets in George Town.
The MPPP is planning to turn Beach Street, Bishop Street and Church Street into car-free streets from
5.00m 7.00am to 5.00pm (or possibly 7.00pm) every Sunday. (Read this Insider report.)
Only trishaws, bicycles, wheelchairs and pedestrians – but not motorbikes and cars – would be allowed. Bicycles are of course environmentally friend, as this photo on the Sierra website suggests.
A meet-and-greet will be held between the local government and the public on 2 November to solicit public views on this proposal.
Let’s hope the car-free zones will be extended to more streets and not just on Sundays. The state must have a clear plan as to how to extend this proposal to more areas while the public should chip in by trying to make this pilot proposal work. RapidPenang must complement this car-free network as well.