Humans are smart, but we’re also squishy, vulnerable, and prone to putting ourselves in heavy, explosion-powered machines that roll along the ground in excess of 70 miles per hour. In 2014, there were 32,674 car accident-related fatalities in the US alone. So what would happen if humans evolved specifically to survive an auto crash?
It is the small size of our urban core compared to the rest of our state dominated by the ‘automobile lobby’ which creates a situation, where I, who lives in the diminutive urban core, without a car, feels lonely and isolated, due to our lack of investment in robust transit and cycling infrastructure.
In 1909, “jaywalker” was an obscure Midwestern colloquial term that referred to a country hick in the city who got in the way of other pedestrians. But with the rise of the automobile, people connected with the auto industry used “jaywalker” to mean a pedestrian who crosses the street against regulations.
The map of an american city goes on a quest across the world to find oil in order to feed its body, made of streets, highways, and freeways.
The Boston Globe: As cycling gains popularity, an anti-cyclist bias remains No matter one’s opinion of cyclists or their riding habits, they are practically defenseless against the smallest sedan, never mind an SUV or a truck. Drivers simply have to take the high road — not only around cyclists who abide by the rules of the road, but even around …
The empty bus myth, free transit in Estonia, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Forbes: The Economic Secret of Vacant City Spaces Most of us feel attached to our neighborhoods, but can this emotional connection help fuel local economies? According to a multi-year study by Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the answer is yes: Communities with high levels of attachment actually have higher local GDP growth. Surprisingly, the top …
MAX train and bus in Portland, OR. Photo (cc) TriMet. The Atlantic Cities: Can Light Rail Carry a City’s Transit System? We often think of light rail as a single component of a larger transit system, but if it’s done right it can just as soon serve as the foundation. Since 1981 a dozen American cities have built light rail …
Transportation for America: Newly approved transportation bill is a clear step backwards Unfortunately, this final bill moves closer to the House’s disastrous HR7, which was too contentious and unpopular to garner enough votes to pass. This final negotiated bill has been called a “compromise,” but it’s really a substantial capitulation in the face of threats by the House to include …
Chicago Sun-Times: City wants to turn streets, alleys, plazas into outdoor fun spots Designated Chicago streets, alleys, plazas and parking lanes may soon be painted blue with campy white footprints and filled with public seating, music, farmer’s markets and other seasonal activities. GOOD: Young People Are Driving Less—And Not Just Because They’re Broke I never got my driver’s license, which …
Walking, aging, transportation bill, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Maryland’s war on sprawl, blocking the box, urban casinos, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Post energy crisis cities, making driving difficult, 20’s Plenty, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Rouote 195 land disposition, new DMV branches, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Streetfilms has launched a new series of videos, Moving Beyond the Automobile. As Streetfilms releases each video in the series, we\’ll be posting them here for you to enjoy. The topic of the seventh video is Traffic Calming.
Amtrak’s vision for the northeast, Chafee says we must stop borrowing to pay for infrastructure, there are now more cars than people in the land of Thoreau, and more in today’s News & Notes.
Top 10 world skyscrapers under construction, removing urban highways, and more in today’s News & Notes.
I want to bike and walk but… [Coalition for Transportation Choices] For Earth Day 2010, CTC member Audubon Society of RI challenged students grades 3 – 12 to respond to the lead-in “I want to bike and walk but…” The students addressed their essays, poems or raps to their town’s mayor and submitted their work individually or had it selected …
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