transportation

Highway Sound Barriers Were First Proposed To Keep Movie Studios Quiet

Los Angeles is widely considered to be the home of the freeway. It’s also considered to be the home of the film industry. A fascinating story from Nate Berg over at Re-Form chronicles the way that two emerging forces which would come to define LA ended up making the sound of our ever-noisier roadways (somewhat) more tolerable for US residents everywhere.


What's Your Worst Holiday Travel Horror Story?

We all have one of those holiday travel stories. That time you got to the airport and realised you forgot to click the buy button. That time you stepped onto the train platform and the zipper on your suitcase broke sending all of your sweaters onto the tracks. That time you got on a bus and your carsick neighbour barfed on his shoes. Life is just a John Candy movie waiting to happen.


7 Crosswalk Signals You Won't Mind Waiting For

Anything that brings more attention to pedestrians is good for cities — it helps walkers feel protected, slows cars down, and makes everyone more aware of their surroundings. Around the world we’re seeing quirky takes on walking signals that not only add a bit of whimsy to the street, they also help keep all citizens more safe.


Uber's New Privacy Policy Has A Hilarious Loophole

In case you haven’t already switched to a new method of getting around town, this might help to cement your decision. Uber has published an update to its privacy policy and it includes a loophole so wide you can drive an entitled black SUV through it.


World's First Glow-In-The-Dark Bike Path Glimmers A Ghostly Green

At 8om last night, cyclists in the Dutch town of Nuenen were finally able to ride on a bike path that’s been in the making for months. What took so long? This particular bike path represents the product of a collaboration between a designer and a construction company who want to build smarter, more efficient roads. Like this one, which glows.


Riding An E-Bike Built Like A GoKart Is As Fun As It Sounds

What if you could enjoy the benefits of a bike and the benefits of a car at the same time? Sojourn Labs, a Toronto-based startup, is prototyping a new kind of vehicle built to bridge the gap between bikes and cars, aiming for that happy medium of convenience and safety. The basic idea: a hybrid combining the exercise and eco-friendliness of a bike with the comfort, storage and safety of a car. Fair enough. I had to test it out.


Citi Bike Is Finally Being Treated Like Public Transport

After months of troubles reported by New York City’s bikeshare, it seems that Citi Bike has finally charted a path towards success. It’s going to be more expensive, but will offer improved service and more bikes. But here’s the change that will make all the difference: Citi Bike will get a new leader — one who used to run the city’s transit authority.


This Street Has No Lanes, Signals Or Signs -- And It's Safer For It

Imagine a street where pedestrians, bikes and cars peacefully coexist without any posted regulations or official roadway technology. Is this some autonomous car utopia of the near-future? Nope. This is a globally proven design for safer streets, which is finally making its way to the US.


The Best Time To Buy US Airline Tickets Is On Sunday 57 Days In Advance

The Christmas travel season is coming, and here’s some important new data that might help you enjoy it more: The cheapest airline fares can be found 57 days before your planned departure. What’s more, the best day of the week to buy those tickets is now Sunday — which has changed in recent years. It used to be Tuesday.


An Arizona Highway Has Used The Metric System Since The 1980s

Who doesn’t like a maths pop quiz when driving down to the Mexican border? If you turn onto Interstate 19, which runs 101km from Tucson, Arizona, down to Mexico, the road signs suddenly change to metric units. Interstate 19 is a relic from a more optimistic era, when we believed all of the US could and would convert to the metric system.