As days of extreme heat get more common, there are a few simple solutions that cities around the world are implementing to keep people a little more comfortable. 07.22.19 BY ADELE PETERS If you bike down a street on the edge of Los Angeles’s Echo Park … Continue reading Cities are getting hotter, but we can redesign them to keep us cool
Mid-size U.S. cities tweak bus rapid transit systems to find the right fit. By Jake Blumgart Last June, Richmond, Virginia, made a transportation move few other U.S. cities dare to attempt: It converted two all-traffic lanes along three miles of its two busiest streets into … Continue reading Next-Gen BRT
Drivers left bikes less room in the presence of parked cars and painted bike lanes. JONATHAN M. GITLIN – 5/4/2019 There are plenty of good reasons that people should cycle more. People who exercise more are healthier and can score higher on cognitive tests, for one thing. And … Continue reading Bike lanes need physical protection from car traffic, study shows
SARAH HOLDER – MAY 3, 2019 A much-anticipated CDC report on the safety of dockless electric scooters in Austin, Texas, finds an alarming percentage of head injuries after crashes. At the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta this week, the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading Scooters Wouldn’t Be So Dangerous If You Just Wore a Helmet
By David Roberts Apr 9, 2019 https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/4/9/18300797/barcelona-spain-superblocks-urban-plan This is part two in a five-part series about the comprehensive urban plan being implemented in Barcelona, Spain, which would reclaim more than half the streets now devoted to cars for mixed-use public spaces, or “superblocks.” This reporting project was supported by … Continue reading Barcelona wants to build 500 superblocks. Here’s what it learned from the first ones.
SARAH GOODYEAR JUN 29, 2015 BSMART helps the Chattanooga police give the local three-foot passing law some teeth. Maybe your state is one of the more than two dozen around the U.S. with what is known as a three-foot passing law—a provision that requires drivers to give … Continue reading A Nifty Device to Stop Cars From Driving Too Close to Bikes
LAURA BLISS – MAR 13, 2019 Cities are desperate to tame the sidewalk chaos of the e-scooter industry. One startup offers a solar-powered parking solution. To understand the promise and peril of dockless scooters, look at Austin, Texas. This week, at least 9,000 of the zippy … Continue reading The Hot New Thing in Dockless Electric Scooters: Docks
FEARGUS O’SULLIVAN – City Lab Take a look at the trains that will modernize France’s rail fleet and prepare the national provider to take on its first-ever competitors. While high-speed trains are struggling to gain a foothold in some parts of the world (looking at … Continue reading The Cheaper, Greener Future of France’s High-Speed Trains
A designer relies on exploration and the knowledge of locals to create a unique series of maps. LINDA POON – NOV 10, 2015 When we aren’t sure how to get somewhere, our first instinct is to plug the address into a GPS gadget and let the program … Continue reading Maps Made ‘From the Mind,’ Not From GPS
Autonomous vehicles could save thousands of lives per year. Should the U.S. let them be tested on public streets? By Alissa Walker – Jul 25, 2018 By 2020, Waymo plans to make at least one million self-driving trips per day in the U.S.Waymo From ushering in … Continue reading Are self-driving cars safe for our cities?