New York City Phases Out Crown Vic Taxicabs
What will take the Crown Victoria's place in New York City's taxi fleet? Image via NPR.
What’s the perfect taxicab? For many New York City cabbies, the answer is easy: the Crown Victoria. For years, Ford’s stretch Crown Victoria — or the Crown Vic, as many drivers endearingly refer to it — has served New Yorkers ...
Government by the People: The Importance of Public Engagement
"The Constitution says 'We the people...' not 'The government and the citizens...' Boundaries don’t matter." Image by opensourceway
According to a recent report from the National League of Cities, 75% of American cities report an overall worsening of economic conditions and 68% have shelved or canceled capital projects. Cities are hurting and officials are asking “What to do?” ...
California Drive-Thru Ban and the "Health in All Policies" Approach
The city of Baldwin Park, Calif. — the birthplace of the drive-thru restaurant  – made the news this week after city officials banned construction of any new drive-thrus for at least the next nine months. The first In-N-Out drive-thru burger joint ...
Guiding Pedestrians: HAWKs in the Lead, While Pelicans and Puffins Fall Behind
More and more cities are installing hawks -- high-intensity activated crosswalks -- in an attempt to make their streets safer for pedestrians. Photo via wolfpix.
A few weeks ago, we published a post featuring a few ornothologically inspired pedestrian crosswalks, including pelicans, puffins, toucans, and HAWKs. Which is best for pedestrians, we wondered?
Disabled Passengers Plan to Sue in NYC
Disabled Passengers Plan to Sue in NYC
As WNYC reported this morning, disabled New Yorkers are preparing to file several “disparate impact discrimination” claims against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) over its recent transit cuts, which have hit the city’s less fortunate the hardest. Over a month ...
Is Your City a Smarter City?
In part thanks to an abundance of wind power opportunities, Denton, Texas, made the list of small smarter cities for energy, with the distinction of being the city with the most wind power per capita in the country. Photo via Horatio3k.
The Natural Resources Defense Council‘s online resource center, SmarterCities.org,  has named 22 cities “2010 Smarter Cities” for their investment in low-carbon energy and efforts to become more energy efficient and conservation-minded urban spaces. “Energy” is the first of about a dozen ...
Tip of the Helmet: Bird Names for Bike Crossings and Capital Bikeshare Swag
A new contraflow bike lane on New Hampshire Avenue. Photo via DDOTDC.
Two recent developments in D.C. merit a Tip of the Helmet, the second installment of our Colbert-inspired series to highlight recent promising developments in the sustainable transport world.
California Drive-Thru Ban and the “Health in All Policies” Approach
California Drive-Thru Ban and the “Health in All Policies” Approach
The city of Baldwin Park, Calif. — the birthplace of the drive-thru restaurant  – made the news this week after city officials banned construction of any new drive-thrus for at least the next nine months. The first In-N-Out drive-thru burger joint ...
DCRider: New Transit App for the Masses
The new DC Rider app for iPhone lets riders check the latest news from Metro. Image via iTunes.
Last week, the Washington Post Co. released a new public transit iPhone app, DCRider. (If you don’t have an iPhone, you can also use DCRider on your computer: http://www.expressnightout.com/dcrider.) The free app features: Train times and Metro alerts: Find out ...
Where's the World's Most Painful Commute?
As we first reported in TheCityFix Picks, IBM recently released its first ever Commuter Pain Study. The study found that commuters in Beijing have the world’s most painful commute, and commuters in Stockholm, the least. Melbourne, Houston, and New York City ...