5 Ideas To Make Roads Safer for Cars and Pedestrians

"Vision Zero," New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to eliminate traffic deaths in the city, is audacious but not unprecedented. Like almost all good social policies, the Swedes did it first. And we could learn a thing or two from them. » 3/03/14 1:59pm 3/03/14 1:59pm

Will New York's New Highway "Texting Stops" Curb Distracted Driving?

In an attempt to curb the number of dangerous drivers on New York highways who are distracted by their smartphones, the state is introducing dedicated Texting Zones where motorists can pull off, park, and safely use their mobile devices. But the initiative doesn't require any new construction since existing rest stops… » 9/24/13 1:35pm 9/24/13 1:35pm

Crazy Japanese Interchanges Look Crazier From Underneath

Google Earth does a mighty fine job showing the essence of crazy interchanges, but if you really want to know how ridiculous interchanges can be, check out the underneath view. These interchanges don't come from China, but rather the neighbor of Japan. Ken Ohyama is the man that has captured some of Japan's most… » 5/21/08 4:20pm 5/21/08 4:20pm

Move Over, Highway Gothic, There's a New Font In Town

Several of us here at El Jalopo have put in our time toiling away in various publication salt mines doing layout/design work, which means we know all about Font Hell. Font Hell is what you get when you're staring down the muzzle of a ball-busting deadline and your dithering boss is brainlocked trying to decide between… » 8/13/07 10:30am 8/13/07 10:30am

Natomas Party People Left Out of Highway Funds Allocation, Old-Timers…

For the last week or so, Jalopnik's San Pedro office has taken up temporary residence in Sacramento and our bureau chief must admit that he giggled a little bit when proponents of carpool lanes on I-80 in the Natomas area got shut out of a large allocation in funds that will go to improve the 405, the 5 in LA and other … » 2/27/07 9:00pm 2/27/07 9:00pm