Commute

We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

Videos

These Futuristic Driverless Car Intersections Forgot About Pedestrians and Cyclists

It would be a huge mistake for cities to undo all the progress being made on human-scale street design.

A High-Tech Helmet That Helps You Navigate the City

This concept visor would highlight best routes and point out landmarks.

Airport Security: Astoundingly Expensive and 95 Percent Ineffective

A recent leaked report on the TSA revealed glaring failures by the agency. But screenings aren’t worth the cost even in the best of circumstances.

Maps

The New London Tube Map Is Getting Some Serious Hate

The folks at CityMetric, at least, are far from pleased.

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Ask CityLab: Do I Really Need to Wear a Seat Belt Whenever I Ride in a Taxi?

There’s a lot of debate over that strap.

Videos

The Dutch (Of Course) Just Mastered Bicycle Parking

This is what it looks like when bikes are treated the way cars are.

Soon You'll Need a Parking Spot Before You Can Buy a Car in Beijing

Officials expect the plan to reduce congestion in the crowded city.

In Portland, Eco-Friendly Policies Don't Benefit Everyone: Best #Cityreads of the Week

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

Videos

Why Did a Self-Braking Volvo Plow Into a Bystander?

Caught on video, a perplexing collision raises questions about how to regulate automated features.

Maps

The Ultimate Map of New York's Mean Streets

A new visualization, based on NYPD numbers, shows just how hazardous the city is for pedestrians.

10 Bikes Take Up the Same Space as 1 Car in London

As this photograph from Camden attests.

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Chicago Is Way Stricter About Subway Manners Than New York

The CTA’s new courtesy campaign points out all of the ways you’re being a jerk in transit.

How Wisconsin Highway Opponents Cried 'Peak Car' (and Won)

A federal district court ruled against a highway expansion on the grounds of flawed traffic predictions.

Toward the Peaceful Coexistence of Buses and Bikes

A design solution known as the “floating” bus stop is gaining attention in U.S. cities.

The Future of Car Ads Involves Taking Shots at Self-Driving Cars

There’s a little cognitive dissonance going on at Nissan.

Exposure to Traffic Noise May Raise Your Risk of Obesity

A worrisome study sheds new light on the health hazards of noise pollution.

The Highway Lane Next to Yours Isn’t Really Moving Any Faster

It’s what researchers call a “roadway illusion.”