Driving

October 26, 2013, 11am PDT
On these pages we usually tout the developed world's decline in driving and car ownership. But in Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to drive, the automobile serves as a vehicle for improving human rights.
The New York Times
February 28, 2013, 5am PST
Eric Jaffe reports on research that may give pause to light rail advocates who argue the mode can reduce congestion: ridership gains along new lines may come at the expense of buses, rather than cars.
The Atlantic Cities
November 7, 2012, 6am PST
Economist Joe Cortright doesn't seem to think so. According to his findings, Americans are driving less, with Millennials leading the way, and this unprecedented trend is here to stay.
D.C. Streetsblog
June 1, 2012, 8am PDT
In the face of New York City's increasing assault on automobiles, Justin Davidson stands up for the pleasures and utility of driving as a key ingredient in the city's multimodal mix of mobility.
New York Magazine
Blog post
May 17, 2012, 9pm PDT

I occasionally have speculated that our aging society would lead to increased transit ridership, as seniors lost the ability to drive. But I recently discovered that seniors are actually less likely to use public transit than the general public. One study by the American Public Transit Association showed that 6.7% of transit riders are over 65 (as opposed to 12.4% of all Americans).(1) The oldest Americans are even more underrepresented on America's buses and trains: only 1.5% of transit riders are over 80, about half their share of the population (2). The only other age group that is underrepresented on public transit is Americans under 18.

Michael Lewyn
May 9, 2012, 9am PDT
Nate Berg uncovers yet another study matching long commutes to poor health, from low fitness to high blood pressure.
The Atlantic Cities
August 19, 2011, 8am PDT
Suburban areas don't necessarily equate with car-dependence, according to some New Urbanist plans for far-out areas. But convincing residents to opt for transit can be a challenge.
Scientific American
August 18, 2011, 8am PDT
Driving is down in the U.S. and countries all over the world, according to a variety of studies. This piece from <em>New Scientist</em> looks into why the road is less traveled.
New Scientist
July 29, 2011, 10am PDT
Transportation is increasingly a major civil rights issue, according to The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which argues that federal funding disproportionally serves car drivers.
Wired
July 28, 2011, 5am PDT
Cities are filled with gas-guzzlers, but some guzzle more than others. This infographic from <em>Mint</em> looks at which U.S. cities spend the most and least on gas.
Mint
Blog post
June 30, 2011, 5pm PDT

A few months ago, I was talking to a faculty colleague who lives in a part of Jacksonville even more sprawl-bound where I live, an area about a mile or so from the nearest bus stop and with a single-digit Walkscore.  He said Jacksonville was "safe and clean."  I was a little surprised: "clean" is one word I would never* use to describe Jacksonville.  When I walk down the sidewalks of San Jose Boulevard, I notice litter aplenty - and from what I know of Beach Boulevard (the grim commercial strip near my colleague's house) I doubt that it is much better.

Michael Lewyn
June 17, 2011, 9am PDT
The patterns of urban development over the past few decades have pushed more and more people into cars by necessity. But as design priorities change, so are people's walking and driving habits.
Sierra
May 3, 2011, 9am PDT
The New York City Department of Transportation's yearly statistical smorgasbord adds a new tool: neighborhood travel profiles showing how people arrived in eight neighborhoods. In many of them, the number of drivers was in the single digits.
Streetsblog
March 9, 2011, 5am PST
New data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle miles traveled are up to their highest level since 2007. But when population growth is factored in, those levels drop significantly.
Brookings Institution
November 2, 2010, 6am PDT
Steve Mouzon visually documents his walkable day-to-day life, and all the places he can get to regularly on foot from his house.
The Original Green
October 22, 2010, 9am PDT
A conversation series from the National Trust for Historic Preservation asks what it would take for people to ditch their cars and rely solely on walking, cycling and public transportation.
Glass House Conversations
October 8, 2010, 1pm PDT
The Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report ranks the country's most congested cities, a list almost always topped by Los Angeles. But as Mark Vallianatos writes, the ranking misrepresents reality.
Streetsblog
October 5, 2010, 8am PDT
Is New York City's green transportation revolution overhyped? It turns out that emissions from private cars actually increased between 2007 and 2009, and that almost none of the city's greenhouse gas reductions came from the transportation sector.
Streetsblog
October 3, 2010, 9am PDT
We've been measuring traffic congestion all wrong, a new report shows, and that's been making more highways look like the solution to long commutes. They're not.
Streetsblog
October 1, 2010, 8am PDT
Sprawl affects the length of commutes, according to a new study from CEOs for Cities. <em>GOOD</em> visualizes the data with this infographic.
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