Commute

Why City Kids Need to Play in the Street

Traditional street play is good for kids precisely because it allows them to figure out how to use their environment in creative ways on their own.

Boston's Highway That Went Nowhere: Lessons from the Inner Belt Fight, 40 Years Later

In the 1950s and 1960s, as Boston was busy razing the West End and plunging ahead with urban renewal, transportation planners were pushing an 8-lane bypass highway.

Estonia's Capital Pursues Free Public Transit

Tallinn's mayor wants it to be the flagship of Europe's green movement. 

How to Make Transit (and Biking and Walking) Sexy

Urban designer and writer Darrin Nordahl thinks it's time for advocates of alternative transportation to stop trying to appeal to reason and go for the gut instead.

In Defense of the Electric Bicycle, from the Bottom of a Steep Hill in San Francisco

I don't care what you purists think, these e-bikes are a godsend to hilly cities everywhere.

Is Traffic Making Us Lonely?

Long before the invention of social media, a man named Donald Appleyard was investigating how automotive traffic isolates us from one another.

America's Best Cities for Transit, According to Walk Score

New York, San Francisco, Boston, and D.C. top a new ranking of the best cities for transit.

Why the Streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam Look So Different From Ours

By seizing a historical moment, ordinary Danish and Dutch citizens were able to change the course of development in their urban centers.

In Paris, a Car Tries To Ride the Metro

Perhaps it wanted to go green.

Study of the Day: Bad Street Design Disproportionately Hurts the Poor

Residents in low-income areas are more likely to get injured out on the road, according to researchers.

Videos

Chinese Woman Swallowed by Sudden Hole in the Sidewalk

China's hungry infrastructure claims yet another victim.

The Invention of Jaywalking

The forgotten history of how the auto industry won the right of way for cars.

In Berlin, a Parade of Protest Taxis

At the city's new airport, which opens in June, drivers are expected to pay a higher fee.

Photos

China's New Super-High, Super-Long Suspension Bridge: Not Recommended for Vertigo Sufferers

In the realm of tall bridges, Aizhai takes first place as the world's longest.

Videos

Traffic Explained in Less Than 4 Minutes

A video on what causes congestion, and how to fix it.

This Las Vegas Bus Will Cure Your Hangover (Allegedly)

The doctor behind Hangover Heaven promises his IV treatment will erase your worst hangover in as little as 45 minutes.

Bike Sharing Is Coming to Los Angeles

The spread-out city will implement a privately-funded, 4,000-bike system later this year.

A Data-Driven Case for Walkability

These statistics offer fresh insights into the importance of walking.