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

5 of the Worst Traffic Jams in History

When not being used for poorly thought-out political revenge, traffic jams are making the lives of commuters suck on a daily basis. But sometimes, bad traffic can get spectacularly bad—even worse than fake traffic study bad. In honor of those times, we've collected some of the worst traffic jams in history. » 1/13/14 3:05pm 1/13/14 3:05pm

Traffic In China Is Agonizingly, Incredibly Slow

In my ongoing bid for the world title of Understatement of the Year, I will humbly say that China Has A Lot Of People. And having a lot of people tends to mean that there are a lot of cars. And a lot of cars means a lot of traffic. So much so that in Beijing, the average car doesn't move faster than 7.5 MPH. » 1/04/14 11:00am 1/04/14 11:00am