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City street with cars in multiple lanes and one bus.

By Erica Sánchez Vázquez / On October 11th, 2019

Why fight for a better bus system? Steven Higashide explores this question in this chapter excerpt from Better Buses, Better Cities.

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By Katharine Sucher / On September 21st, 2018

Around the world, countries marvel at the Netherland’s impressive cycling culture and infrastructure while an insidious “that would never work here” attitude prevents real change from happening. But the Dutch overcame many of the same challenges as other...

By Katharine Sucher / On December 8th, 2017

Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly—and the costs are becoming ever more apparent. The consequences are measured in smoggy air basins, sprawling suburbs, a failure to stem traffic congestion, and...

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By Katharine Sucher / On July 14th, 2017

Excess asphalt contributes to stormwater runoff, which can carry pollutants into water bodies and overwhelm sewer systems. As more and more cities reclaim street space for human life and habitat and enact far-reaching plans to address climate change,...

By Katharine Sucher / On April 15th, 2016

As cities strive to become more sustainable, livable, and healthy, they are increasingly becoming multi-modal. In 2014, Americans took 10.8 billion trips on public transit, the highest since the dawn of the highway era. But most of these trips are on...

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By Jason Leppig / On May 8th, 2015

After you enter our bike-to-work contest, sit down with this week's foreword Friday selection from Barbara McCann's Completing Our Streets. The excerpt below gives a glimpse of what inspired...

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By Meghan Bartels / On April 17th, 2015

In the late 1800s, cycling was loved by many men with impressive facial hair.

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By Meghan Bartels / On March 27th, 2015

The Dupont-Rosslyn Circulator, one of my favorite public transit options in D.C.

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By Meghan Bartels / On May 16th, 2014

Fun bike racks make biking more appealing. Photo by Meghan Bartels.

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By Meghan Bartels / On March 28th, 2014

How do we create safe spaces for bikers and encourage cycling as an alternative to driving? That's the question the National Association of City Transportation Officials tackled with the ...