Monday, January 24, 2011

More no-car zones in Penang?

Penang Municipal Council is now looking at introducing more areas under the proposed “no-car zone” within the heritage enclave.

This is following the success of a recent trial run at the Esplanade.

The council’s Infrastructure and Transport committee alternate chairman Ramlah Bee Asiahoo when contacted, said the trial run at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, which was introduced three Sundays ago between 8am and 5pm had received positive feedback from the public.

“Families, tourists and the senior citizens visiting the area were happy with the campaign since they were able to walk around freely and take in the fresh air since there was no high level emission of carbon monoxide.

“Tourists had also commented that they could explore the heritage enclave better by riding on trishaws to admire the scenery of places such as Fort Cornwallis,” she said recently.

She said the proposed move was also introduced as part of the state’s ‘Cleaner, Greener’ campaign initiative.

Ramlah said the committee would hold a meeting today to discuss and study the results of the trial run and whether to expand the campaign to restrict the movement of cars to other areas within the enclave.

Last October, state Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi suggested the idea of banning vehicles from certain roads in the heritage enclave.

She informed council president Patahiyah Ismail about it in August.

She had also said that Singapore, (Jakarta) Indonesia, Paris and London already had such a policy in place, and Penang would be the first in the country if the state could adopt such a policy.

I believe this is a very good idea. Imagine people walking freely, relax and enjoying the walk with fresh air around and peaceful surroundings...perfect right?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

make no car zones during sat and sun evening only.the best is along gurney drive streach..hopefully do not expand it other areas,just like the ban of plastic issues.Inconvenience.