Friday Fun: Pelican People
Vienna may be one of the world's most livable cities, but the green men at its pedestrian crossings really leave something to be desired. Photo via spanout.
A few days ago, we published a post about the differences between pelicans, puffins, toucans, hawks, and other animal-themed pedestrian crossings. While we were researching the different crosswalk signals, we couldn’t help but notice how cute some of the little ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 16: Brazilian Bullet Trains, Mooning Amtrak, Toronto Bike Racks
It happens only once a year! Participants flash some flesh at a passing Amtrak train.
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 ...
GHG Emissions, Rising Sea Levels, and More Menacing Monsoons
GHG Emissions, Rising Sea Levels, and More Menacing Monsoons
This season, we’ve been following Mumbai through the monsoon, looking at how monsoon season can ravage transportation systems and batter infrastructure, putting people’s lives and livelihoods in jeopardy. Now, a new study in Nature Geoscience describes how climate change from ...
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 ...
Highlights from HUD-DOT-EPA Live Chat about Sustainable Communities
Rendering of Detroit's Woodward Transit System light rail, which won federal TIGER grant funding. The Livable Communities Initiative is encouraging reinvestment in aging industrial cities. Image via University of Detroit - Mercy.
Yesterday, the White House Office of Urban Affairs hosted a live-streamed, hour-long Q&A session on the Obama administration’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, featuring: Shelley Poticha, Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Beth ...
Zebras, Puffins, Pelicans or Hawks for Pedestrians?
Walking can be hazardous. But puffin crossings are one way to make pedestrians safer. Photo via
The next time you hear your transit geek peers arguing about the merits of puffins versus pelicans, you’ll be able to join in the debate! This post was inspired by a discussion on a sustainable transport listserv about which kind ...
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
A D.C. stage of