New Ozone Standards Present Challenge, Opportunity for D.C. and Other U.S. Regions
Ozone alert in Fort Worth, Tex. Photo by haunted by Leonard Cohen.
Clean air is a fundamental part of our quality of life, a part which has undoubtedly improved since the passage of the Clean Air Act.  Especially during the summer, we are often reminded of remaining air quality issues, with radio ...
Congestion Pricing Coming to Chicago?
Congestion Pricing Coming to Chicago?
“There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with traffic. Whatever that cost would be, I would be happy to pay. It would make the quality of my life much better.” - Mario Reed, an aspiring attorney in Chicago, quoted in the ...
Giro d'Italia Closer to Coming to D.C.
The Giro d'Italia is a road bicycle racing stage race second only to Tour de France in age and prestige, and might come to D.C. for its first two stages in 2012. Above, Britain's Mark Cavendish (right) chats with Lance Armstrong. Photo via telegraph.co.uk.
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TheCityFix Picks, July 9: More Money for Transit, Road Cleans Air, Parking Lots Full of Energy
Parking lots have much potential to be principal areas for harvesting the sun's solar rays. Photo by Kevin Dooley
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
$293 Million in New Federal Transit Grants Announced
Streetcar projects were big winners in recent announcements of federal transportation grants. Image via streetcars4dc.org
Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $300 million in new federal grants for transit solutions. The funding is meant to expand President Obama’s Livability Initiative,  a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of ...
Rainy Day Blues? Tips for Riding in the Rain
Don't let the rain spoil your morning bike commute. Photo via jrodmanjr.
Many of you likely found yourself in a familiar dilemma this morning when you opened your door to leave: Do you bike to work in the rain, and risk arriving wet and grimy? Or do you find another mode of ...
Tips for Hot Transit Passengers: Avoid Sighing and Persistent Moaning
As temperatures soar, tempers on crowded public transit flare. But Reuters India has published some tips on how to keep a smile on your face. Photo via Eileen Delhi.
As the East Coast roasts in a massive heat wave — made worse in cities suffering from the “urban heat island” effect — Reuters India has published some useful tips on how to “stay cool and considerate” in the summertime. Many ...
“Transit-Enlightened Cities” Showcase BRT’s Brilliance
New York City buses lurch along at an average speed of 7.5 miles per hour. But that is quickly changing, as NYC pushes for BRT. Photo via Pro-Zak.
“When [New York] adopts a world-class ‘Bus Rapid Transit’ system, people are going to have a tough time, efficiency-wise, telling a bus apart from a subway—it’s going to be like a subway with a view.” - Kyle Wiswall, general counsel for ...
Spotlight on the World Cup: Brazil Gears Up for Games with Urban Transit Investments
Today, July 8, Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira, former star striker Romario, and the Brazilian coach of South Africa's 2010 national team, Alberto Parreira, participated in the launch of the official logo for the 2014 World Cup. Photo via Associated Press.
As the 2010 World Cup winds down, South Africa’s IBSA ally, Brazil,  is already anxious for the 2014 matches to arrive. They got the ball rolling yesterday, revealing the logo for the 2014 tournament. Twelve Brazilian cities have been selected to ...
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
Using the phone's camera, iPhone's Email n Walk app makes the phone transparent. Image via gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com.
By now, the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving have been well-established. Nearly 30 percent of traffic accidents occur while people are talking or texting. But what about pedestrians and bikers? More and more, distracted pedestrians ...