The Bay Area seems like a special kind of hell for commuters. The city and surrounding communities are struggling to keep up with the influx of people brought by the tech industry. That means higher rent, fancier restaurants and more time spent on the roads. Much more time, in fact.
You are not imagining it: you are getting older. Your metabolism is slowing down by the hour. Your wrinkles are showing. You’re not sleeping enough. And your commute to work is genuinely getting longer.
For reasons I have never been able to figure out, terrestrial radio stations—music stations, mind you—have a highly irritating tendency to put people talking on the radio in the morning. I never, ever want to hear them ever again.
Cats are all over the London Tube. Judging you.
When I left the world of writing about cars and bikes and tech in the back of a garage in my boxers, one thing was clear: commuting was happening. And if I was going to endure that soul-sucking drudgery again, I would do it on two wheels. So after 9,000 miles rain-or-shine, here’s what I think I have figured out.
So you’re thinking about commuting to work by bike this summer? Congratulations, your life is about to get a zillion times more fun. But where to begin? The insular world of cycling can seem a little, uh, confusing to those unfamiliar with it—it’s hard to know what you really need to get started riding.
Even if you really, really love cars, there's not much to love about being stuck in a car for more than an hour as you inch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Some places are worse about this than others, and now, thanks to WNYC, you can see who in America has the worst commute.
Flying from LA to San Francisco on business is a task normally fraught with stress and rage. But today, my journey begins from a better place. Instead of the gargantuan mess that is LAX, my Uber rolls up to a tiny airport three miles to the east. I start to realize just how different my work commute will be today.
Commuting sucks — here are ten things we all can do to make it better for ourselves, and everyone else.
I love driving as much as the next guy. No, wait, I love driving significantly more than the next guy, but even I hate highway driving. It's a ceaseless, mind-numbing progression of traffic and missed exits and bad merging and left-lane hogs.
Humans love to complain about their commutes, but there is no way yours was worse than what Dutch teenagers have to put up with.
New York City student Santiago Munoz spends five hours a day commuting to and from high school, recognized by the United Nations as the longest school commute in the world. Now the NY Housing Authority is giving his family a closer apartment, but his commute still takes around three hours.
We were pulled over on the side of a desert road somewhere out in Utah, I think. My dad had just been stopped for doing 90 on this four-lane highway. The cop was walking over and my dad says, "those flowers outside are beautiful."
Public transit is a great way to reduce traffic and gridlock in a crowded city. But do those benefits still apply when the streets are filled with 100 foot buses like the Fraunhofer Institute's AutoTram Extra Grand? Forget tight corners; this thing might not even make it through a green light.
The Mumbai Suburban Railway carries over 7.24 million commuters per day. This packed train gives you an idea how all those people fit and why Mumbai's suburban railways experience over 3,500 deaths per year.
On tonight's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert told a personal story that elucidated everything that is right with America: on his way into work this morning, he captured a dude popping wheelies on his motor bike while driving through the Lincoln Tunnel. It's an amazing personal testament to all that is right with our…
A Seattle-area man got a little too creative after finding himself late for work, grabbing his daughter's Diego doll to ensure his car was ocupado for HOV lanes. Diego always knew Click would turn on him someday. (Thanks Joe!) [SeattleTimes.com]