This 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.
We have recently set up a collaborative program entitled the World Transport Policy and Practice Archives, which you can find at http://worldtransportarchives.wordpress.com/. The goal of this project is to prepare and publish in easily readable form the content of all of the editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice that have appeared since its founding in 1995, and which until now have been available only in hard-to-reach print or more recently PDF form.
The thesis behind this project is that all too often valuable information and insights that appear in book or journal from tend over time to disappear from the scene, as much as anything because they are bound between the covers of the publication. In many instances this may be a blessing, but there are others in which it can be a real loss. And in this particular case it is my personal position that in the case of the quality of insights contained within the seventy volumes that have been published over the last eighteen years, many of the articles are worth a second or more read. Hence the Archives project, which you can now find at http://worldtransportarchives.wordpress.com.
I am writing a book under the working title of No Excuses: A Tale of Cities, Indolence, Complexity and . . . Simplicity. The word indolence has been carefully chosen, since it points up one of the main arguments of the book – namely my firm belief after something like four decades of work in the field, that what far the greater part of everything that we needed to know to correct the policy and investment follies that have largely characterized our field and pilloried our cities over these decades, were fully laid out and largely understood by the mid seventies. Continue reading