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9 Awful Things That Should Be Removed From Times Square

Converting a busy street in Times Square into vibrant pedestrian plazas is one of the most celebrated ideas in New York City’s history—a bold urban move which has been mimicked around the world. Now New York’s mayor and police commissioner want to remove the plazas and restore Times Square back to its original… » 8/22/15 1:10pm 8/22/15 1:10pm

I'd Live In These Apartments Built In the Middle of an Extra-Wide Street

Most American streets are far too wide, which uses up valuable urban space, is dangerous for pedestrians, and actually makes traffic worse. That’s why many cities are trying to hand over more street space to transit, biking and walking. But what if we took the lanes devoted to cars and turned it into housing? It… » 6/24/15 12:20pm 6/24/15 12:20pm

The Oldest Bridge in New York City Just Reopened After 40 Years

Before the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, there was High Bridge, arcing far above the Harlem River to connect Manhattan to the Bronx. Originally designed as an aqueduct in 1848, the bridge was closed for the past 40 years until a ribbon-cutting yesterday reopened it to foot traffic. » 6/10/15 6:00pm 6/10/15 6:00pm

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… » 7/22/13 3:22pm 7/22/13 3:22pm