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So What Exactly Is a 'Road Diet'?

A closer look at what's been called "one of the transportation safety field's greatest success stories."<p>Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced an 18-month campaign to improve road safety across the country. One of the things DOT plans to do is create a guide to "road …

Want to Be Happier? Try Walking Even Part of the Way to Work

New research concludes that an active commute may be as important to well-being as marriage or a pay raise.<p>>Our daily commutes to work can significantly influence our mental state. Taking public transportation may be more beneficial than driving, researchers find. But ultimately an active …

The Most Important Transportation Innovation of the Decade Is the Smartphone

So why don't cities and transit agencies take more advantage of it?<p>In the most recent New York City mayoral election, supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis bragged that he was the only candidate with a vision of the future worthy of the city. While Catsimatidis's grand scheme of outmoded monorails …

When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

In New York, smart street design helped the city have its safety and its speed, too.<p>A big reason for opposition to bike lanes is that, according to the rules of traffic engineering, they lead to car congestion. The metric determining this outcome (known as "level of service") is quite complicated, …

The 20 Best Cities On The Planet

The IESE Business School in Spain is out with its annual Cities in Motion Index (ICIM), which ranks the world's best ("smartest") cities — those that have the highest levels of innovation, sustainability, and quality of life. This year, Tokyo came in first with its impressive public management, …

Dominican Republic

This Startup Wants To Make Your Commute Shorter, Through Prizes And Data

Crunching data from smart commuter cards, Urban Engines can help cities map out where the congestion choke points are in a transportation system, and provide incentives for commuters to avoid them.<p>Balaji Prabhakar, a Stanford University computer scientist, was stuck in a massive traffic jam in …

Is There Such a Thing as a 'Masculine' Way to Ride a Bike?

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5 Breathing Exercises to Try Today

While that’s the way we are born breathing (seriously, go look at a baby’s belly go!), over time, a combination of stress, sitting, and worrying over how our stomachs causes us to force air upwards into our chest, where our lungs actually absorb relatively little oxygen—our bodies’ primary fuel. As …

How to Buy a Bike—Even if It's Your First

Want to know how to buy a bike? These are the tips and tricks you need to know, especially if it's your first time.<p>If you plan to do more than just salivate over the shiny new bikes in our Buyer's Guide, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by your options. Before your head explodes, allow us …

Bicycles

Who Will Design Our Smart Cities? (Hint: Not Architects)

<i>Originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "</i>Big Data, Big Questions<i>", this article by Alex Marshall examines what is arguably the most important</i> …

Smart Cities

The Winter Paralympics Are The World’s Best Showcase Of Sports Technology

How can a blind person shoot a rifle? How can someone paralyzed from the waist-down play Olympic-caliber hockey? With these crazy tools, that’s how.<p>When there’s a significant technological advance that might help Olympians reach new heights, like the infamous (and now banned) Speedo LZR swimsuits, …

Sports Technology

Bike-Share Hits Yet Another Snag in Portland, Oregon

Get Moving: Heart Healthy Exercises

As you may have heard, February was American Heart Month, an entire 28 days dedicated to raising national awareness of heart disease and educating the public in ways to prevent it. Although there are many contributing factors to overall heart health, one of the most effective ways to prevent heart …

A Stealthy Gadget That Gives Clunky Bike-Share Bikes a Turbo Boost

Intercity bus services are typically a gap in transportation planning

NotionsCapital reminded me of the recent coverage ("This Map Shows How To Get Anywhere You Want In America Without Taking A Plane," <i>Fast Company</i>) of …

We're Driving Less, So Should We Stop Building New Roads?

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5 ways commuting ruins your life

Slide 1 of 7<p>There’s one more reason to love Paris in the Fall. On Sept. 27, Paris will go car-free for one day. In an effort to address the city’s …

Commuting

The 10 Most Hellish Hills for America's Cyclists

A Clever Cargo-Bike Parking Solution

How to Make Crosswalks Artistically Delightful

Your Body On Commuting

<b>Your Happiness and Life Satisfaction Decline</b><br>The same report from the U.K. found that people with commutes of any length experience lower life satisfaction and happiness than people with no commutes at all. Riding a bus for 30 minutes or longer was associated with the lowest levels of life …

4 Cities Developing The World’s Best Sustainable Transport Systems

The winner is Buenos Aires, which took the widest avenue in the world and devoted half of the car-lanes to a new “surface subway.” Crossing the city now takes less than half of the time.<p>Many cities are trying to reduce automobile dependence, encourage walking and cycling, and ramp up public …

This Intersection Could Save Cyclists’ Lives

Protected bike lanes shouldn’t stop just before an intersection.<p>Hopping on a bike may be the happiest way to get to work, but it’s not an entirely safe way. More than 700 cyclists were killed in traffic in the U.S. in 2012, according to recently released data from the National Highway Traffic …

Traffic Safety

How does commuting affect wellbeing?

<b>The daily commute to work is something to be put up with rather than enjoyed, yet how we get there and how long it takes has an impact on how we feel.</b><p>That's hardly surprising when you consider that the average worker in Britain spends 54 minutes commuting each day.<p>This important and ever-increasing …

Human Geography

101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Cycling

What to Do When You Can’t Control Your Stress

Everyone can relate to a day at work that just starts off on the wrong foot. Perhaps you have just had an argument with a spouse or loved one, or you’re late for an appointment even though you had a million reminders in your schedule, or your inbox contains e-mail after e-mail with what seem like …

When everything is data, there’s opportunity in everything

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock/Sergey Nivens<p>Today, nearly every part of our world can reduced to a number. Physical, digital, alive, …