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Stockholm Is Coming for Oslo’s Car-Free Crown

Sweden’s capital city decides it’s time to correct postwar planning blunders—with a little friendly rivalry on the side.<p>Watch out Oslo: Stockholm is coming for your crown.<p>Norway’s capital has been grabbing headlines recently thanks to its bold push to remove as much car traffic as possible from its …

Here's what could happen to America's hundreds of dead malls

Its architect, John Graham Jr., pioneered the dumbbell, big-box shape for malls, in which two rows of stores face each other and two department stores anchor each end. Graham also gave Northgate Mall a grocery store (which later became a food court) and a huge parking lot. In the decades that …

Urban Design

Tesla Is Paying Employees to Commute by Bike

Electric cars are Tesla's lifeblood, but bikes could keep the parking space-strapped company operational<p>Tesla might be an electric car manufacturer, but it's paying its employees to ditch four wheels for two.<p>The company—started by Elon Musk with the goal of making zero-emission automobiles—has been …

Four years ago, Portugal’s capital felt like a ‘city on its knees’. Now it is being touted as hip, cheap and innovative. But is the socialist government failing Lisbon’s poor in its rush to revitalise?<p>In Lisbon people keep telling me about the surfing. It’s great. The beaches are 20 minutes from …

European Travel

One City's Brilliantly Simple Plan to Get Rid of Cars by 2019

In 2015, the city of Oslo, Norway gave itself an ambitious goal: create a car-free city center by within four years. Set to equally inspirational …

Bike Lanes

How Bike Helmet Laws Do More Harm Than Good

They don’t do much to improve safety, but they’re great at getting people to avoid cycling altogether.<p>Bike-share programs have proved hugely popular in hundreds of cities around the world—but not in Australia. While bikes in the London and New York systems see three to six trips a day each, their …

Memphis’s spectacular street experiments are moving toward permanence

Marshall Avenue and Monroe Avenue, Memphis. Photo: Chirs Porter for Downtown Memphis Commission. Here's a full-size version.Around the start of this …

Stefano Boeri envisions entire cities filled with tree-covered skyscrapers

Our first Dezeen x MINI Living Initiative video explores Italian architect Stefano Boeri's radical proposals to build "forest cities" to combat urban …

Want Commuters to Ditch Driving? Try Giving Them Cash Money

Would you change how you get to work for $10 a month? $50? How about $100? As dense cities struggle with packed roads and choking smog, officials are …

Urban Design

Want Safer Streets? Take Design Cues From the Snow

It’s never too late for #sneckdown season.<p>Skinnier lanes, longer curbs, and speed humps slow down drivers. But building safer streets usually requires persistent demands from safety-minded citizens, and fistfuls of hard-won tax dollars from authorities. “Traffic calming” strategies rarely happen …

A new intersection design eliminates the dreaded left turn into traffic

Florida DOT/YouTube<p>Anyone who has ever made a left turn in a busy intersection understands that it can be a stressful maneuver. Not only do you have …

China's incredible eight-kilometre 'bike lane in the sky' opens in Xiamen

This incredible bicycle bridge could become the two-wheeled equivalent to New York’s famous High Line park. The eight-kilometre cycling path snakes dramatically above the urban landscape of the Chinese island city of Xiamen. Suspended five metres above the road, it has officially just become the …

How a Failed Experiment Could Still Be the Future of Public Transit

Bringing Bridj to Kansas City seemed like a no-brainer to transit officials. For just $1.50, anyone could use an app to summon a ride downtown in van …

Transportation

The Transportation Revolution Is Happening Faster Than You Think — NOVA Next | PBS

Here in South Boston, sandwiched between a dry dock to the north and the port terminal to the south, a small, silent car slips quietly along the …

The Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse

What kept Seattle’s Pronto! bike share program from thriving? Turns out it was several things.<p>Earlier this month, Seattle quietly put the brakes on its bike-share program, Pronto! (with appropriately Jeb! Bush-ian punctuation). The city also canned the idea of an e-bike replacement program.<p>The …

Ford begins testing Transit Plug-in Hybrids in London ahead of 2019 production

Ford has begun testing of its new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid with Transport for London, working with the UK city’s local transit authority to pilot 20 of the new vehicles in use during a 12-month trial with select London businesses for commercial use. The pilot of the vehicles, which feature a …

The first driverless bus on America’s public roads travels only 1000 feet

For a short three blocks in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, you can take a free ride on a self-driving bus.<p>The tiny, fully electric vehicle, called Arma, was developed by Paris-based driverless and electric technologies startup Navya. It holds just 15 people—11 seated, four standing—and shuttles along …

Seattle is getting serious about transit

Better buses today, 62 miles of light rail to come.<p>The folks at Streetfilms have a new video that celebrates Seattle’s recent progress on transit. (You should also check out their film on Vancouver, which I wrote about recently.)<p>The video focuses on buses, particularly downtown and bus rapid …

What’s Up With That: Building Bigger Roads Actually Makes Traffic Worse

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.17.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>I grew up in Los Angeles, the city by the …

Our cities are getting smarter and you probably didn’t even notice

Imagine having to take out the trash only twice a month, or knowing what parking spots are available before arriving at your destination and swiftly paying for them via your mobile phone.<p>The term “smart cities” conjures up images of futuresque, <i>Minority Report-</i>style communities in which every car is …

Smart Cities

Paris Pushes Its Car-Free Streets Plan Even Further

Despite a backlash, the city will extend the areas that are off limits to private cars, making way for more bike lanes and public transit.<p>When Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo banned cars from a large section of the River Seine’s quayside last autumn, she met a fierce backlash from pro-car advocates and …

Uber is finally giving the public a glimpse of its stunning trove of transit data

This summer, Uber completed its two billionth ride. The milestone came just six months after the company tallied trip number 1 billion, a testament to the sheer volume of trips that Uber’s drivers complete each day in more than 450 cities worldwide—and to the incredible collection of transit data …

Transportation

A Growing Seattle Goes All In on Transit

Voters agreed to fund expansions and improvements for local bus and light rail systems. A short film shows how that choice is shaping the city’s future.<p>Right now, 25 percent of Seattle residents live near a bus that comes every 12 minutes. By 2025, as many as 72 percent of city residents should …

Will BMW and Daimler join car-sharing forces to battle Uber?

A handful of car companies are convinced that the concept of pay-per-ride car-sharing will be big in the near future as traditional, boring car …

The Small Signs of Bike-Share Success

These programs promise big things for cities, but changes in habits—like parking—take time.<p>Bike-share programs start off with big, bold New Year’s Resolution-style ambitions. They promise to save cities money, make people healthy, and convert commuters to the Gospel of Good Cycling.<p>But just like …