There is little regard for the rights of pedestrians in urban planning in cities and towns around the country. Pedestrian walkways are often obstructed with all sorts of obstacles – motorbikes, restaurant tables and chairs, food stalls, shop display stands.
Blog visitor Papa Sensible sent in these photos of five-foot-ways taken in Penang on 15 January 2014.
Enforcement is often non-existent. Any comment, MPPP, JPJ or whoever is responsible?
Pavements next to the road are no better. Phone booths, lamp posts, TNB and Telekom switchboxes and sign post pillars are the usual obstacles.
Road-widening further narrows the space for pedestrians.
What quality of life is this for pedestrians? What about people with disabilities – how are they supposed to move about?
Contrast this with the situation in more progressive cities which widen pavements to make them more accessible to pedestrians while discouraging people from using cars.