Commute

CityFixer

A Case Study in Bike-Friendly Suburban Planning

It’s not just possible, it’s happening in Houten.

Official 3D Renderings of London Tube Stations

Marvel at the engineering and architectural achievements of the London Underground.

A Car-Free Future for Central Dublin

Last week, the city council unveiled a plan to banish cars from key sections of the congested city center by 2017.

Videos

A Dance Tribute to San Francisco's Painful Hills

The city’s notorious slopes are great for doing “gravity illusions.”

U.S. Sprawl Peaked in 1994 and Has Been Declining Ever Since

A new study also suggests it started much earlier than you might think.

Google's New Bike Plan Wants Silicon Valley to Be More Like Copenhagen

It envisions a connected, low-stress cycling network.

Why the Trip Back Always Feels Shorter

Because the trip there was so disappointingly long.

Maps

The Straightest Roads in the World Are in Midwest America

One man’s attempt at mapping the “bendyness” of the planet’s pavement.

2,220 Reasons Your Next Car Should Brake for You

That’s how many lives would have been saved in 2011-12, according to a new federal report.

Next Economy

Long Commutes Are Awful, Especially for the Poor

Yet another consequence of gentrification.

Why Toronto Should Tear Down Its Urban Expressway

Removing an elevated city highway doesn’t always make traffic worse—some cars just disappear.

Portland Debuts Rain-Themed 'Creative Crosswalks'

It’s not just being weird this time—there’s a safety value to the new crossings.

Navigator

How Art Creates a Calmer Commute

A new exhibition at New York City’s Society of Illustrators displays sanity-saving transit art.

This Guy Invented a Cordless Drill-Powered Skateboard

Use a simple Black & Decker to scoot along for miles—or install drywall, your choice.

How Much Money U.S. Transit Systems Lose Per Trip, in 1 Chart

Shocker: dense, compact cities tend to do better than others.

It's Shockingly Common for New Yorkers to Blow Through Red Lights

A new study finds that one in 10 drivers do it.

77 Ways to Design the Letter 'M'

Mass transit agencies around the world face the same conundrum: How to make what amounts to four straight lines distinctive.

How Maps and Apps Create a Sense of Place: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on technology, cartography, and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.