Commute

Maps

Bike Maps That Give Riders the Info They Actually Need

In Austin, maps are color-coded by comfort level rather than traffic-engineering standards.

The Car That Got Stuck Going 125 mph ... for an Hour

A real-world screening of Speed ended with a small miracle of bureaucratic coordination.

Videos

Documenting Subway Travel's Most Intimate Moments

Photo journalist Rebecca Davis captures riders in a voyeuristic style reminiscent of Walker Evans.

A Taxi Service Where Payment Is Optional

Sidecar hopes to compete with Uber by using part-time drivers and letting riders decide what to pay. Will it work?

Why Are We So Afraid of Being Hit by a Subway Train?

How something so statistically unlikely managed to captivate our imaginations.

How to Build a Better Bike Lane (and Get More People Out on Bikes)

More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."

If You Build Bike Share, Riders Will Come

A new report on Montreal's BIXI shows cycling rates increase by the end of season two.

Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

50 years ago, experts predicted automobiles would drain the life from urban areas. Their predictions are coming true.

The Geometry of Transit-Friendly Neighborhoods

We've got a "typology radar graph" for that.

Should We Replace the Term 'Congestion Pricing'?

Readers offer their suggestions — with road fare emerging as a top choice.

CityFixer

Fixing a Secret Cause of Urban Traffic

Delivery trucks are responsible for a big chunk of the congestion we experience. Here are some ideas for getting them off the road.

Terrible Snowstorm Etiquette of the Day: The Preemptive Chair Strike

How not to save parking spots during a historic snowfall.

4 Quirky Ideas to Revolutionize Bike Sharing

Hot-air balloons! Squishy, non-circular wheels! A competition to rethink bicycling in Singapore is producing some strange results.

Why We Need More Research Into Cycling and Brain Science

Riding a bike may have special benefits that other exercise modes don’t, but we just don't know enough about it.

Photos

New Englanders Probably Shouldn't Look at These Photos of the Catastrophic Blizzard of 1978

Considering the "historic" blizzard in this weekend's weather forecast and all.

Videos

Video Compilation of the Day: Movie Scenes Where Someone Gets Hit by a Bus

It's the oldest, dumbest trick in the book.

Do Big City Drivers Actually Have It Worse?

The latest look at how much time American commuters spend in traffic, and the methodology problems that come along with it.

4 Reasons the U.S. Trails the World in Road Safety

The biggest one is simply that Americans drive more.