Editorial: World Transport Policy and Practice. Vol. 21, No.2

Little girl in trafficThis issue of World Transport Policy and Practice marks the migration of the journal and its associated web site to a new location.  The new web site address is: http://worldtransportjournal.com

The new site will also contain information from our US partners, Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research & Policy Institute and occasional announcements about new books and resources that will assist the global community seeking to accelerate the transition to a genuinely sustainable transport future.  This transition is now more urgently needed than ever and future issues of the journal will try very hard to communicate the urgency and practicality of this transition to those who make the decisions.

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The Archives of World Transport Policy & Practice: Help Wanted

Eric Britton, Paris, 17 March 2017. This posting originally appeared here on 8 December 2014. It was for various reasons not followed up at the time, but now it becomes a far more important consideration since the journal of World Transport Policy & Practice is threatened with disappearance unless a modest grant can be secured to permit continuation. Have a look. Maybe you have some ideas or leads for us.  Contact: eric.britton@ecoplan.org. T. +336 5088 0787. Skype: newmobility

Unburying hidden treasures from  the Journal: 1995-present

We could use a bit of help to get the following job done.  It has to do with a new collaborative program about to get into full swing in 2015  — The Archives of World Transport Policy & Practice (WTPP)  under development at https://worldtransportarchives.wordpress.com.  The goal of this new project is to see if we can, with a little help from usa - texas printing pressour friends, create a comprehensive, easy-to-use, free platform offering ready access to the full contents of the close to seventy editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice that have published under the leadership of Founding Editor John Whitelegg since 1995, but which at present technology are a bit isolated. The present article provides some first background on this project in process. If you might be interested to lend a hand, please get in touch and we can talk about it.

Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice: At the starting line

The Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice first hit the street with Vol. 1, No. 1 in 1995, offering a first collection of articles vigorously contesting mainstream thinking in the sector.  It included “The well travelled yoghurt pot” by Stefanie Böge, “The end of the urban freeway” by Peter Newman, “Urban transport policy paradoxes in Australia” by Paul Mees, “How Amsterdam plans to reduce car traffic” by Leo Lemmers, “New roads generate new traffic” by Rudolf H.H. Pfleiderer and Martin Dieterich, “Violence and the car” by Helmut Holzapfel, and “Living without a car” by Michael Glotz-Richter. (To see how they stand the test of time, click here.)

That first edition, now twenty long years ago, opened with an editorial by our founding editor John Whitelegg in which he set the stage for what was to follow by reminding us that:

World Transport Policy & Practice is a quarterly journal which provides a high quality medium for original and creative work in world transport. WTPP has a philosophy based on the equal importance of academic rigour and a strong commitment to ideas, policies and practical initiatives that will bring about a reduction in global dependency on cars, lorries and aircraft.

WTPP has a commitment to sustainable transport which embraces the urgent need to cut global emissions of carbon dioxide, to reduce the amount of new infrastructure of all kinds and to highlight the importance of future generations, the poor, those who live in degraded environments and those deprived of human rights by planning systems that put a higher importance on economic objectives than on the environment and social justice.

The Journal embraces a different approach to science and through science to publishing. This view is based on an honest evaluation of the track record of transport planning, engineering and economics. All too often, these interrelated disciplines have embraced quantitative, elitist or mechanistic views of society, space and infrastructure and have eliminated people from the analysis.

Many of the issues raised within the transport debate do not fit into the narrow and stultifying disciplinary compartments that characterize science and Society in the developed world. This journal is topic and issue-based and will encourage as many contributions as possible from as many perspectives as possible.

Many of the issues raised will be controversial and this journal will publicize material from all sides of the debate. There is a solution to our global environment and local environmental problems, and there is such a thing as a sustainable city sustainable region and a sustainable community. Solutions are more likely to emerge from vigorous debate, dissent and replies than they are from set pieces on transport economics, transport geography, transport engineering or traffic science.

To help it to reach a wide readership, encompassing advocates and activists as well as academics and advisers, WTPP is available free of charge as PDF files on the internet.

That was true back in 1995 and is still right in the mainstream of Journal policy today. It is indeed what we are all about.

It is now 2015 and looking back this has been an exciting, encouraging and often very challenging association. Over this time the Journal and its advocates have gradually moved from being very much a voice in the wilderness and now are stepping right into the critical mainstream of policy, practice and thinking in the sector. Which is exactly where we belong today.

What are the World Transport Archives — and how do they work

After 20 years of publication with seventy editions already in circulation, offering close to three hundred carefully selected  original articles on a very wide variety of subjects by more than one hundred distinguished contributors from every continent on the planet. An extremely valuable and unique resource, but . . .

A book or journal is not only a valuable source of information when have it or its contents in hand, but to an extent and over time it can also work as a kind of prison. This may not be immediately self-evident. However if you look closely you will notice that once something gets published and a few years pass, in many cases the individual articles tend, no matter how brilliant and insightful, all too often to get lost in the rush of time. Google and the other search engines are useful in some cases, but not in all.  And particularly  if we are talking about accessing a collection most of which exists in an older and somewhat closed format.   Which is precisely what this project is all about.

If you go to the existing WTPP archive, created some years back at http://www.eco-logica.co.uk/WTPPdownloads.html, you will find a free depository of all past volumes of the journal, where it is possible to call up any of the editions published over the last twenty years.  Which is a good thing, but also comes with some serious functional  limitations.

The original WTPP archives stores the volumes in PDF form, they are thus not available to be searched by most search engines.  As such they become a sort of lost continent.

work in progressThe new archives are opening up this silent world by transforming every line and word into a form which can be easily searched and accessed. There are several important steps in this process (and it is here where we need help).

The WTPP Archives are intended to serve all those who may have missed  these articles and their valuable insights the first time around, and in particular younger researchers, academics, activists, the media and people working with transportation/environment/cities groups and agencies in cities and countries on all continents. And also our readers who may distantly recall something that would like to check out but cannot conveniently to now.

Help wanted

The Open Archives, like the Journal itself, are to be freely available, and provided and supported by volunteers who believe in the power of open systems and collaborative problem-solving. This requires time and work, but for the diligent person interested in the challenges that the Journal addresses, this can be an informative and rewarding task.

The first step in the creation of the Open  Archives is to transfer all  the exiting PDF files to searchable form. The text and graphics in many case have to be formatted to ensure they make a comfortable read. This is a rather fussy process which is getting underway and for which, if you are a volunteer, we can always  use your help.

As to the search tools if you turn to the working site here  you will see that the present collection  permits the reader to search the entire content of the archives: by key word, exact date, category/topic and year/month. You can see these search tools just to the right of the opening page of the Open Archives site. We also are working on a special Combined Search Engine which you will find there and which, though still needing additional work, gives the reader one more useful way to find what they are looking for.

It is our hope that these archives will serve to open up and reinforce the messages, insights and values that have been set out by more than one hundred leading thinkers and authorities within these virtual covers now and in the years ahead. If you have ideas, time or funds to help us do this, it would be great to hear from you.

Eric Britton,
Founding member of the Editorial Board.

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About John Whitelegg: 

Founder and Managing Director of Eco-Logica, John Whitelegg is Visiting Professor of Sustainable Transport at Liverpool John Moores University,  and founder and editor of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice. Research interests encompass transport and the environment, definition of sustainable transport systems and a sustainable built environment, development of transport in third world cities focusing on the relationships between sustainability and human health, implementation of environmental strategies within manufacturing and service industry and development of environmental management standards. He has published widely on these topics. John is active in the Green party of England and Wales and is the national spokesperson on sustainable development.

About Eric Britton: 

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions -- and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities

Unburying hidden treasures from the Journal: 1995-2015
We could use a bit of help to get the following job done.  It has to do with a new collaborative program about to get into full swing in 2015  — The Archives of World Transport Policy & Practice (WTPP)  under development at https://worldtransportarchives.wordpress.com.  The goal of this new project is to see if we can, with a little help from usa - texas printing pressour friends, create a comprehensive, easy-to-use, free platform offering ready access to the full contents of the close to seventy editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice that have published under the leadership of Founding Editor John Whitelegg since 1995, but which at present technology are a bit isolated. The present article provides some first background on this project in process. If you might be interested to lend a hand, please get in touch and we can talk about it.

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World Transport Policy & Practice. Twentieth anniversary issue. Editorial by John Whitelegg, Founding Editor

f1fa6-ws-pic-whiteleggThis issue of World Transport Policy and Practice is a significant milestone in the life of the journal. It marks 20 years of publication and for anyone with a serious interest in understanding the importance of transport, the links between transport, mobility and accessibility and the links with sustainability, health and quality of life, there is more than enough material here to work on.

At the outset we chose to emphasise the word “policy” and that remains a strong focus. 20 years of publication have examined policy in detail, more often the lack of intelligent policy, but always with a keen eye on “this is what we have to do if we want to improve things”. There is now no excuse for anyone anywhere in the world to sit at his or her desk on a Monday morning and wonder how to sort things out. The answers lie in our freely available archives.

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WTPP Archives 2014: Work in Progress

usa - texas printing pressThe goal of this supplementary WTPP website in process  is to create a comprehensive, easy-to-use free archive offering ready access to the close to seventy editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice that have published under the leadership of Founding Editor John Whitelegg since 1995. We also offer here one-click connections to a certain number of supporting projects and media, which you can see on the left hand column here.

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World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 20, No. 2

This is a special issue of WTPP to celebrate the life and work of our friend, colleague and inspiration, Paul Mees. Paul died at the far too early age of 52 in June 2013. He was a fierce and highly articulate advocate of the public interest. His contributions ranged over traditional academic activities including teaching, paul mees -smallerresearching and publishing but went much wider and embraced campaigning, media activity and an ability to engage with senior public figures in a way that could not be ignored and in a way that exposed the utter wrong-headedness of much Australian and State of Victoria transport policy and spending. He is greatly missed.

This special issue once again reiterates our commitment to sustainable transport, which embraces the urgent need to cut global emissions, reduce the amount of new infrastructure of all kinds, and to highlight the importance of future generations, the poor, those who live in degraded environments and those deprived of human rights by planning systems that put a higher importance on financial objectives for the few, than on the environment and social justice for all..

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Key Links & Sources (Draft)

brain-waves The following represents a preliminary listing of key links and sources which in our view will constitute useful reference materials and background for our readers on the matters that concern us here. This listing will be extended and refined on a regular basis. The titles in each case are directly linked to the indicated titles.

Please let us know if there are other sources that you think should be added here. (Eventually we may loop them on into a combined search engine. But first let’s develop our source list.)

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Working draft: WTPP. Volume 6, Number 1, 2000

24 May 2014: Here you have an example of a roughly 80% ready to go article for publication which still needs work with layout and graphics in order to provide a clean copy for the first of the e-journal versions of WTPP that came out back in early 2000.  The production process to bring it to this (a) starts with the original (unsearchable) PDF, (b) which we then convert to the present still imperfect text version (which in this case required about an hour of work to bring it to this stage). Next in a final preparatory stage, we will bring in graphics and clean up the formatting. Then we will be able to post in fully searchable, nicely readable final. If you have any thoughts or hints for us on this routine, please do get in touch.

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