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In Praise of Taxi Drivers, In Spite of all the Harrowing, Horrible Trips I've Taken

It is a very strange, urban thing to get in a car with a stranger.

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New Chicago Plan: Pedestrians Come First

The city's new Complete Streets Design Guidelines creates a paradigm shift in how road crews and transportation workers should look at shared streets.

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The Golden Age of Gondolas Might Be Just Around the Corner

Meet the evangelists of cable-drawn aerial transportation.

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City Makers: Global Stories

The people and ideas reshaping urban life

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Police Stings for Drivers Who Don't Yield in Crosswalks: Does It Really Work?

Last year, New Jersey cops were cracking down on jaywalkers. Now they're penalizing cars. Will switching tactics make a difference?

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A 'Pedal-Powered Popemobile' for Pope Francis

There's "no excuse for the big man to always roll in an SUV," says the inventor of this eco-friendly holy tricycle.

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Minneapolis Bike Riders Targeted With Sticks, Rocks, Molotov Cocktail

The Midtown Greenway has been the site of many high-profile attacks on cyclists.

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15 Ideas for Making Amtrak's Northeast Corridor Better

The federal government has prepared a short list that includes 220 mph trains.

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The Latest Bleak Evidence That Crossing the Street Is Hazardous to Your Health

Two new studies suggest you may not be safe inside a crosswalk.

Why Are There Still So Many Train Stations Named Penn Station?

The Pennsylvania Railroad isn't coming through that tunnel — so how come we keep going through its doors?

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A Transit Expansion Designed to Force Paris to Make Peace With Its Suburbs

If any European city needed a radical structural rethink, it's Paris.

"Regenerating Poynton"

Lots of Cars and Trucks, No Traffic Signs or Lights: Chaos or Calm?

A new film makes the case for Poynton's shared space experiment.

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Aggregating Cell Phone Data in Search of the 'Pulse of the Planet'

Universal mobility patterns we haven't fully understood before could soon come into view.

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Public Transportation Does Relieve Traffic Congestion, Just Not Everywhere

A new study finds that transit does cut down on traffic — but only on roads that parallel heavy transit corridors.

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Are London's Public Buses the New Prozac?

Taking the bus makes people feel more social and less lonely, researchers say.

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An Animated Allegory of the American City's Oil Addiction

Sometimes you just need a Google Maps monster to fully convey the state of auto-dependency in America.

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More Problems for San Francisco's New Bay Bridge Span

One-third of 96 recently tightened steel rods have snapped, and they can't be easily repaired.

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What We Can Learn From the Brain Waves of Pedestrians

Enter the brave new world of mobile EEG.

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Amid Soaring Car Crashes, India Offers Free Treatment to Victims

The program will require 51 hospitals to accept injured patients without questions or money up front.