Safety

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The Biggest Problem With Forcing Commuter Trains to Use Two-Person Crews

They cost more, and they aren't necessarily any safer.

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Will Women Ever Feel Completely Safe on Mass Transit?

Cities trying to boost ridership have a few options, but lots of room for improvement.

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A Before-and-After Guide to Safer Streets

Five image pairs — and simple rules — courtesy of New York City.

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2 Very Different Ideas for Preventing Subway Deaths

To keep people from falling onto the tracks, New York City is testing lasers. Osaka, Japan, is betting on ropes.

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In Sweden, Even Buildings Made Entirely of Ice Are Required to Have Fire Alarms

Just in case.

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A City With No Children

We've made it harder than ever for kids to walk, bike or even play outside and the consequences are dire.

Why Surveillance Cameras Might Be Bad for Creative Economies

An unusual argument against Big Brother on city streets.

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Kids With a Diverse Group of Friends Feel Safer at School

And educators need to figure out ways to encourage social mixing opportunities among students.

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Enough Already With the Avoid-The-Ghetto Apps

A bad idea that won't go away.

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Really, It Is Extremely Unlikely That You Will Die in a Train Crash

A reminder from the data.

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The Small, Often Imperceptible Reasons Some Neighborhoods Feel Safer Than Others

Something like trash on the street can rejigger our entire sense of a place.

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You're More Likely to Die a Violent Death in Rural America Than in a City

Yes, homicide-related death rates are higher in urban areas, but you're twice as likely to die in a car crash outside a city.

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Why the Lowest Income Families Might Care the Most About Their Neighborhoods

For starters, they have fewer prospects for moving anywhere else.

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Why We Should Never Fine Cyclists

Forget the penalties—bike riders shouldn't have to obey laws designed for 4,000-pound automobiles.

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Why Do So Many People Think Gun Violence Is Getting Worse?

For the last two decades, the exact opposite has been true.

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Mapping the Car Crash Near Misses That No One Ever Sees

Data about traffic accidents that nearly happen could help prevent collisions that actually do.

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Redesign of the Day: A Truck That Won't Kill Cyclists

London Cycling Campaign has a free design tip.

Why We Just Might Want to Build Skyscrapers Out of Wood

Vancouver-based architect Michael Green is trying to convince the world to construct tall wood buildings.

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What We Lose When Kids Can't Play in Their Own Streets

A U.K. initiative paints a vivid picture of what can happen when families don't have to worry about passing cars.