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 U.S. » 10/28/14 4:10pm 10/28/14 4:10pm

Every City Should Give Seniors a Card That Extends the Crosswalk Time

We've all seen what happens when someone can't cross the street in the allotted signal time—the pedestrian gets frustrated and drivers get mad. A program in Singapore lets seniors swipe a card at an intersection so the signal will give them extra time to cross. It's a smart solution to a problem that's increasingly… » 8/07/14 1:43pm 8/07/14 1:43pm

Trying to cross the street in Vietnam is just crazy

If you don't walk with confidence, you'll never cross the street. One bit of hesitation and you're going to cause a massive scooter crash. You have to treat your body like a car. Or at least a moped. Or at least a helmet. If you don't hit them, they won't hit you. Or something like that. Hopefully. » 5/21/14 11:18pm 5/21/14 11:18pm

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… » 3/20/14 11:00am 3/20/14 11:00am

How Snowstorms Reveal the Wasted Space on Our Roads

During any of the several recent catastrophic blizzards that have draped the country with snow, you might have seen people tagging their photos #sneckdown. No, it's not a protective garment you wear to keep your neck snow-free (although that could also come in handy!). It's a word coined by transportation geeks. » 2/07/14 12:40pm 2/07/14 12:40pm

Why Do Pedestrians Have to Press ““Beg Buttons” to Cross the Street?

We were all taught how to cross a street: Look both ways. But, in some cities, you'll also have to ask permission by pressing a tiny button and waiting your turn. Those little buttons on walk signals have been nicknamed "beg buttons"—because walkers are pretty much begging to be able to cross. » 2/04/14 11:20am 2/04/14 11:20am

Can Radar and RFID Stop Drivers From Killing Cyclists?

Last month, London reached a grim milestone: Six cyclists were killed within 14 days, sparking a massive "die-in" protest. London isn't alone; 176 cyclists or pedestrians were killed in NYC last year. The rapidly rising death toll is spurring a race to build a technology to warn drivers before they hit someone on foot… » 12/31/13 2:30pm 12/31/13 2:30pm

Not-So-Pedestrian Gifts for Urban Walkers

Hey, using your feet is cool again! Chances are, you know someone in your life who walks to stay healthy, to explore their city, or simply to commune with their neighborhood. Whether they're commuting on foot, illegally accessing abandoned infrastructure, or simply enjoying a Sunday stroll, here are some gift ideas… » 12/13/13 5:40pm 12/13/13 5:40pm

The Invention of Jaywalking Was a Massive Shaming Campaign

Before the invention of the car, jaywalking wasn't a recognized concept. Want to get across the street? Then just walk across the street—nobody's going to stop you. But the rise of the automobile posed a new problem for people of the early 20th century. While the median state-designated speed limit for American cities… » 7/22/13 3:22pm 7/22/13 3:22pm

Autoliv's Hood Airbag System Saves Dumb Walkers From Dumb Drivers

Autoliv's new Pedestrian Protection System combines a hood that opens to cushion impact and a pair of hood mounted airbags to reduce the risk of serious injury when a car comes into contact with an unfortunate pedestrian, cyclist or motorcyclist. The tech's safety specs are impressive: "From almost certain death to… » 4/23/08 7:06pm 4/23/08 7:06pm