Change takes time, but the city council’s campaign to prioritise pedestrians is a step in the right direction.
A campaign was launched in November last year to improve Penang’s low walkability index and address the growing number of apathetic motorists on the road. An initiative of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), the “Pedestrian is King” campaign aspires to make the island a safe haven for pedestrians.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing, though – the campaign got a mixed reception. Campaign-supervising councillor Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik observes that almost 90% of motorists don’t stop for pedestrians: “Motorists in Penang are generally lax about violating traffic laws. They forget that it is illegal not to stop at zebra crossings, which is a good indication of just how little concern is shown for the well-being of our community.”
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