Solving traffic jams and bottlenecks is one thing that should certainly be prioritised. However, how the solutions affect pedestrians must be considered. In fact, walking on our streets should be made highly conducive in order to lower car use for short drives.
Penang Island has undergone tremendous changes in the popular mode of transport over the last few decades. In the 1950s and 1960s, when there were not too many cars in George Town, people went about either on foot or by bicycles, trishaws or public buses. This included school children. Today, the main mode of transportation is the car.
But in the same period, very few new roads were built within the boundaries of George Town. (For those who are not familiar with the boundaries, the city is roughly demarcated by Jelutong in the south, Jalan Boundary near Air Itam in the west and Tanjung Tokong in the north.)
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