Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

Scott Simon’s bio on the NPR website describes him as “one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters,” and it’s tough to argue with that. As a Peabody-winning journalist with decades of experience, Simon’s credentials are unimpeachable, and as the Saturday host of Weekend Edition, he regularly shows himself to be all the things you want a radio host to be: thoughtful, avuncular, well-informed, and above all, smart.

Why Countdown Clocks For Pedestrians Actually Cause More Car Crashes

As a frequent traveller by foot, I love countdowns at crosswalks. They tell me whether I should wait out two seconds or leisurely walk across in 15. Ideed, these countdowns do make pedestrians safer. But it turns out that countdowns actually cause more crashes between cars. Here’s why.

Self-Driving Cars Will Hit California's Roads In September

On 16 September 2014, the US state of California will take one step closer to the utopian (or dystopian) future, allowing self-driving cars on public roads. And new autonomous vehicle regulations should help prevent the murder-bot anarchy that opponents are worried about.

How Far You Can Get By Car, Bike Or Foot, Any Time Of Day

Not all transportation is made equal: cars may zip by, but they get snarled up in traffic; walking is slow, but you’ll never get caught in a jam. Isoscope mashes together information sets to tell you how far you can get within your city via car, bike or foot — at any time of day.

It's Amazingly Easy To Hack Traffic Data And Cause Gridlock Chaos

Turns out you don’t need a shady lane closure on a major bridge to jam traffic. The sensor and signalling infrastructure on our streets is so vulnerable that all you need to wreak widespread havoc is a laptop.

Watch How A Traffic Accident Is Cleaned Up In This Timelapse

When a semi-trailer truck carrying a rig filled with toilet paper crashes into a bridge, what happens? A giant mess. A giant mess that someone has to clean up. This timelapse shows a city clean up crew picking up all the crap, repackaging it for another truck and getting the streets clean so that no one would know what’s going on.

Bike Lanes Don't Cause Traffic (If You Put Them In The Right Place)

The battle against bike lanes has turned into an all-out culture war, with NIMBYs shrieking about ceding centimetres of precious asphalt while squawking about the apocalyptic congestion that change will bring. But here’s a deep, data-driven investigation into the truth about bike lanes and traffic.

Hackers Can Now Create Fake Traffic Jams

A couple of Israeli students figured out a way to create fake traffic jams using the popular, Google-owned Waze GPS app. And while it sounds silly at first, these kinds of infrastructure hacks could have serious consequences as we depend more and more on data to help us get around town.

5 Big New Projects Remaking Cities Into Havens For Pedestrians

Driving in the city sucks. There are other cars and buses and bikes and people — god, so many people. And cars — being heavy metal machines capable of moving at great speed — are also highly dangerous. Instead of trying to accommodate everyone in an unhappy medium, cities are increasingly designing streets for pedestrians over cars. Check these ambitious projects all over North America doing exactly that.

These Trippy Rorschach Landscapes Came From Surveillance Cameras

James Bridle is always up to something. Whether he’s drawing pictures of drone shadows or mapping out cities with balloons, the self-described writer, artist and publisher seems fascinated with the intersection of politics and geography. His latest project is no exception.