For the last several years the internationally fabled Worst Practices Department has taken its place of honor in World Streets and the world more generally, because when it comes to transportation there has never been a shortage of flakey ideas.
This year we shall for the first time be handing out handsome Awards in a planet- spanning ceremony that will be the object of an open virtual conference (details to follow) perhaps on the same day that the Sustainable Transport Awards for 2014 are announced in parallel with the annual TRB conference. The keen-eyed, unafraid WSWPD program Dear Leader will of course figure prominently on the trophies. (Details to follow shortly.)
But what we are looking to draw attention to here are not just the little stuff that may be the joy of an intrepid inventor with blinders on or group of gung-ho supporters fearlessly attached to some favorite notion, but the kinds of wrong-headed mega projects that often keep popping up in many parts of the world, sold hard by their sponsors and (if I may) fellow travelers -;)
You are invited to pitch in, drawing what you believe to be zany, wrong-headed, even pernicious ideas and projects to our attention. What is surprising is just how many of them are — and how hard it is for some of the worst and most costly ideas (they often go together) to be put to death in a peaceful permanent way.
Perhaps the WSWPD can make a modest contribution to keeping the debate on track – cleaner, better, affordable and more efficient mobility today. Welcome aboard the leaking ship, Worst Practices.
- – - > For more on how Facebook WSWPD, please see https://www.facebook.com/groups/worstpractices
As to the prestigious in-process nominees for the 2014 WSWPD award, if you go to the Facebook page you will see that the first nominations have already been registered. But we are awaiting for yours.
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Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government, business and civil society on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. His forthcoming book, “Toward a General Theory of Transport in Cities”, is being presented, discussed and critiqued in a series of international conferences, master classes, workshops and media events over 2014. (More at http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7)