Zurich Installed 4,500 Street Sensors to Count Every Car in the City

Congestion pricing—the implementation of high tolls to keep cars out of congested downtown areas—is one of the most effective ways to reduce traffic and emissions. Zurich's plan goes above and beyond that, using a network of sensors to track the number of cars that enter its downtown and prevent more cars from… » 10/16/14 3:46pm Thursday 3:46pm

Should New York City's Speed Limits Be Lowered? A Jalopnik Debate

The New York City Council just passed a bill to drop the city speed limits on residential streets to 25 MPH, from 30 MPH. Under the guise of protecting pedestrians, the New York City Council has diminished Freedom. While their goal is noble, the Council decision is Wrong. One Raphael Orlove thinks they're right. » 10/09/14 9:00am 10/09/14 9:00am

Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

Scott Simon's bio on the NPR website describes him as "one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters," and it's tough to argue with that. As a Peabody-winning journalist with decades of experience, Simon's credentials are unimpeachable, and as the Saturday host of Weekend Edition, he regularly shows himself… » 7/07/14 5:32pm 7/07/14 5:32pm

Why Countdown Clocks for Pedestrians Actually Cause More Car Crashes

As a frequent traveler by foot, I love countdowns at crosswalks. They tell me whether I should wait out 2 seconds or leisurely walk across in 15. And indeed, these countdowns do make pedestrians safer. But it turns out that countdowns actually cause more crashes between cars. Here's why. » 7/01/14 4:34pm 7/01/14 4:34pm

This Ethiopian Intersection Is A Beautiful Example Of Organized Chaos

Engineers have attempted for years to design the perfect intersection, with no traffic lights, and no signs. Their attempts have met with varying levels of success. What they should've done is just watched drivers in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Then they would've known just to say "screw it." » 4/23/14 12:20pm 4/23/14 12:20pm

The Right Way to Merge Lanes to Avoid Traffic-Induced Road Rage

The world can be divided into two kinds of drivers: Those that get over into a lane to exit or merge early (lineuppers) and those that zoom by until the last moment (sidezoomers), cutting the line in a sense. The war between lineuppers and sidezoomers is part of what makes driving hell sometimes. It turns out, we're… » 1/14/14 9:13pm 1/14/14 9:13pm