John Metcalfe

Springlab

This Magic Dutch Traffic Light Helps Bicyclists Avoid Stopping

A system called “Flo” system uses cute creatures to tell cyclists to speed up or slow down to catch a green light.

OpenSFHistory/WNP

The Ultimate Photo Map of the 1906 San Francisco Quake

See the disaster that transformed the city from a galaxy of perspectives.

Carlos Barria/Reuters

Mapping Amtrak Service, Before and After the Trump Budget

A visualization shows hundreds of cities that would lose long-distance trains under the president’s proposed budget.

Guadalupe Pardo/Reuters

The Anatomy of a Great Dog Park

Let one of America’s foremost designers of hound spaces lay out what works (and doesn’t).

Will Geary

Groove Out to 24 Hours of New York Transit With the 'Multimodal Symphony'

A chaotic animation portrays a full day of New York traffic, from buses to taxis to ferries to Amtrak.

WSDOT

Watch Seattle's Massive Tunnel Borer Finally Emerge From the Ground

This glorious, cinematic drone footage commemorates four long years of digging.

Kyodo/Reuters

Climate Change Might Worsen Nauseating Airplane Turbulence

Future fliers can expect more brushes with turbulence strong enough to hurl unbuckled people around the cabin, according to new research.

Austin Transportation Department

Austin's Traffic-Safety Signs Are Indeed Weird

“ROAD CONSTRUCTION AHEAD / PLEASE DRIVE WILLIE SLOW.”

Bill Morrow/Flickr

Portland Wants to Make Bike Share Work for Disabled Riders

The city is becoming one of a handful to shed the notion that people with disabilities don’t want to ride.

Friends of the Mighty-O Parklet

Is This America's Most Adorable Parklet?

A Seattle donut shop turned a real 1940s sailboat into public space.

David Mirzoeff/Greenpeace

In London, a Grim Warning About Ocean Plastics

A public art piece sponsored by Greenpeace addresses the fact that by 2050 plastics will clog the guts of virtually all seabirds.

Leonid Mamchenkov

Do You Really Need to Lock Your Car?

Most people do. But the Bay Area’s automotive smash-and-grab scene is so intense that some drivers leave their doors open to avoid the expense of replacing broken windows.

Marnix Hamelberg/Cartoma

The Weird Geography of Population Density

What if people were mapped like mountains?

RTD

Denver's New Transit Mascot Is a Total Jerk

The Colorado metro's Regional Transportation District goes irreverent with its “Don’t Be Jimmy” campaign, starring a boorish rider who just dodged a sexually transmitted disease.

Max Ross/Reuters

What's Better Exercise: Biking or Walking?

CityLab investigated this workout showdown.

Portland Anarchist Road Care

Portland Anarchists Want to Fix Your Street's Potholes

Meet the group devoted to abolishing capitalism, and also making streets super smooth.

WSDOT

Take a 360-Degree Dive With Seattle's Massive Tunnel Borer

Tag along as Bertha nears the end of its painstaking, four-year journey.

Robert Galbraith/Reuters

The Results of America's First Transit-Incentive Program

Paying people to avoid the morning rush sort of worked in the San Francisco Bay Area.