Transportation

a photo of cyclists riding beside a streetcar in the Mid Market neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco’s Busiest Street Is Going Car-Free

A just-approved plan will redesign Market Street to favor bikes, pedestrians, and public transit vehicles. But the vote to ban private cars didn’t happen overnight.

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One Way to Keep the Sidewalk Clear: Remote-Controlled Scooter-Bots

A new mobility technology company called Tortoise promises to bring semi-autonomous scooters and e-bikes to market. Why?

a photo of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in 2016.

What Uber Did

In his new book on the “Battle for Uber,” Mike Isaac chronicles the ruthless rise of the ride-hailing company and its founding CEO, Travis Kalanick.

A Micromobility Experiment in Pittsburgh Aims to Get People Out of Their Cars

The Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective will create all-in-one mobility hubs near transit stops, to compete with Uber and Lyft and help commuters go car-free.

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Why the Bus Got So Bad, and How to Save It

TransitCenter’s Steven Higashide has created a how-to guide to help city leaders and public transportation advocates save struggling bus systems.

a photo of a row of Citi Bikes in NYC.

‘Walled Gardens’ vs. Open Mobility: The Battle Begins

Why did Lyft block users of a third-party app from accessing New York’s Citi Bike? It’s the start of what could be a fundamental showdown over mobility choice.

A photo of residents blocking a Philadelphia intersection on a July weekend in 1953.

The Hidden History of American Anti-Car Protests

A wave of traffic safety activism in the 1970s helped reshape Dutch streets. But the U.S. had its own anti-car movement earlier, led largely by women.

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The Urban Helicopter Dream Is Rising Again

Voom, a new and more “affordable” aerial taxi service, has launched in the Bay Area, with a promise to democratize a mobility mode with an elite reputation.

a photo of bikes on a bridge in Amsterdam

Street by Street, Amsterdam Is Cutting Cars Out of the Picture

Armed with a street-design tool called the knip, the Dutch capital is slashing car access in the city center, and expanding public transit hours.

a photo of smoggy Fresno, California.

The Home of California’s Dirtiest Air Braces for Trump’s Smog War

As the EPA threatens to pull the state’s highway funding over air quality, Central Valley residents fear the dispute could render their region even more polluted.

a photo illustration of a London Tube map from 1977

I Found My Mother With This London Tube Map From 1977

As a newly arrived immigrant from India, my mother used this London subway transit map to understand an unfamiliar city. Today, I use it to understand her.

a photo of a street in Zürich, Switzerland.

What Does This Street In Zürich Mean?

If you see how cars, streetcars, bikes, and pedestrians use this Swiss street, you can better understand what’s wrong with so many other urban thoroughfares.

a photo of a cyclist and a bus in London

Lessons From a Car-Free Street Fight in London

As part of a safe streets program, officials in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets closed a road to car traffic for 10 days. Things didn’t go as planned.

A row of Lime scooters in Washington, DC

Lime Wants its Battery-Charging Gig Workers to Use Clean Energy

The dockless mobility company will encourage its battery-charging gig workers in D.C. and Maryland to convert to renewable energy.

Lyft’s New App Features Real-Time Public Transit Info

Like its rival Uber, the ride-hailing company wants to be a one-stop mobility shop that integrates buses, trains, subways, and scooters.

How Paris Hopes to Build an E-Bike Boom

The French capital region just launched a bikeshare program for electric bicycles, and now it wants to help people buy e-bikes of their own.

Two cyclists and a man on a skateboard travel alongside bus traffic in downtown San Francisco.

The Best and Worst U.S. Places to Live Car-Free

College towns and big coastal cities top our ranking of the metros where it’s easiest to live without a car.

Why Thomas Cook Faltered As Urban Tourism Boomed

With cheap flights and Airbnb at their fingertips, British travelers have branched out from the package beach vacations that were Thomas Cook’s specialty.

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The Problem With Switching to Electric Cars

Switching to EVs en masse could help bring down planet-killing carbon emissions. But Americans also need to drive less, right now.

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Parking Reform Will Save the City

Cities that require builders to provide off-street parking trigger more traffic, sprawl, and housing unaffordability. But we can break the vicious cycle.   

a photo of a bus stop in Paris, France.

Very Bad Bus Signs and How to Make Them Better

Clear wayfinding displays can help bus riders feel more confident, and give a whole city’s public transportation system an air of greater authority.