Driving

March 17, 2010, 1pm PDT
In a recent piece in Wired, Clive Thompson suggests that the solution to the problem of texting while driving is not to stop texting, but to stop driving. The popularity of texting is a good reason to support public transit.
Wired Magazine
February 26, 2010, 7am PST
After more than two years of declines in American driving patterns, the amount of driving seems to be on the rise.
USA Today
February 25, 2010, 6am PST
<em>The New York Times</em> reviews a new book about driving in China, and how the vastly expanding roadways are changing the Chinese way of life from the farms to the cities.
The New York Times
October 8, 2009, 1pm PDT
In this survey, drivers 'fess up to twelve distracting things they do while driving; and some are even more distracting than texting.
The Chicago Tribune
Blog post
September 18, 2009, 10am PDT

Traffic is essentially "an engineering issue," says author Tom Vanderbilt. "But there's also a layer of culture."

That layer of culture determines, to a large extent, how traffic can become a problem. This idea is explored in Vanderbilt's 2008 book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us), a Planetizen Top Book of the year. He recently expanded on that idea for a discussion about traffic put on by Zocalo Public Square in (where better?) Los Angeles.

Nate Berg
August 26, 2009, 6am PDT
Samoa is readying itself for a countrywide transition that is shaking up the island country's roughly 200,000 people. Beginning September 7th, Samoans will be required to drive on the left side of the road.
The Wall Street Journal
February 20, 2009, 7am PST
Leaders in Arlington, Texas, near Dallas, are studying how to reduce pollution generated by idling cars at drive-thru windows.
NBC DFW
February 3, 2009, 12pm PST
In an effort to improve gas mileage, 400 drivers in Denver participated in an experiment that tracked and reported the bad driving habits -- idling, rapid accelerating and braking -- that waste fuel. Faced with the data, driving habits have changed.
Los Angeles Times
November 30, 2008, 7am PST
This year, oil prices in America rose to heights drivers had never seen. So they cut back on driving. But that reduction is now causing oil prices to fall back down, and many say drivers will soon revert to old habits.
The Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2008, 6am PDT
Gas prices are falling, and drivers are going right back to their gas-guzzling ways.
The New York Times
September 2, 2008, 1pm PDT
'Pay as you drive' insurance will soon be a reality in California, surviving the state senate as a voluntary program that environmental groups say will encourage people to drive less by saving them money on their car insurance.
San Francisco Examiner
August 31, 2008, 11am PDT
The State of California is considering a plan to allow pay-as-you-drive car insurance plans. Many hope the move will encourage less driving.
The Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Oklahoma City residents used to 70-mile commutes are turning to carpooling as gas hovers at $4 a gallon. But with the largest land area of any U.S. city, providing public transit remains a major challenge.</p>
CNNMoney.com
May 23, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>City officials and local businesses in Seattle are teaming up to offer cash and prizes to residents who limit their car use this summer.</p>
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 21, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Forget congestion pricing and higher gas taxes -- accurately priced pay-as-you-go auto insurance might be the best financial incentive tool for encouraging people to change their driving habits.</p>
The New York Times Magazine
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