‘Land use planning is critical to transport. Where places (e.g. shops, workand other services) are located in relation to where people live is a significantfactor in determining how much people need or want to travel. It is vital thatsustainable transport is a central consideration from the early stagesof local planning – for example whenever new houses or retail areasare being developed.’Without integrating transportation with land use planning, Penang public transit faces the daunting challenge of creating strategies for policies, technologies, infrastructure, and business models that pave a path to the future. The challenge lies in creating strategies that lead to scalable solutions for meeting growth in demand, including strategies affecting the communication, navigation and transit oriented development. We need a transit oriented land use policy that gear towards transportation improvements to make land more accessible and so increase the likelihood that it will be developed or redeveloped. Unfortunately, we only have policies that make our transportation worst and our traffic congestion become chaotic.
- The road around the Island has been there ever since Independence. The stretch from Tanjong Bungah where the Hin Buses stopped midway to Telok Bahang is next to almost impossible to construct. It has been that way since the British days. It was constructed for the use of villages e.g.Tanjong Bungah, Batu Ferringhi, Telok Bahang, Moonlight Bay, Miami Beach, Lovers’ Isle Beach and many others.
- That stretch of road for all intend maybe classified as a “cul-de-sac” (a dead end road). Short of circumnavigating the Island via Sg Pinang and Balik Pulau, it is the only way “in and out” from the Northern Beaches.
- By JKR standard and all good engineering design all major all arterial roads are designed to carry certain permissible traffic loads and volumes. Base on current existing stds in Malaysia what would the maximum capacity of traffic volume the existing coastal road is able to take?
- Ask any reasonably intelligent traffic engineer that question. Then you begin to see that there are too many buildings and cars that a ‘dead end road’ can carry. That being the case how do you justify permitting so much development when the local infra-structure is un able to support it???
- Prior to any approval by the Authorities concerned there is always a need as a condition for approval that the developer must show that there is sufficient water and electricity and adequate public access to and from the development. Based on Items 3 and 4 above, the answer needs no rocket scientist to tell us.
- If the only access is inadequate for the increased volume of traffic why are we allowing more developments there like there was no tomorrow? In view of this it would be appropriate that there be a halt to all developments until one or two tunnels are built through the hills to convert the cul-de-sac coastal road into a loop for alternate access.
- Now if there is already insufficient space for road widening where would you find space for bicycle lanes for looping the Island? Solve one problem first before creating another. Is that so difficult for anyone to understand? There must be simple ‘logic’……O dear.