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Copenhagen: More Than Bike Lanes

Copenhagen: More Than Bike Lanes

Copenhagen’s famous biking culture—over 3 out of every 5 commutes are by bike—is lauded internationally as an achievement for the environment, public health, and—we’d add—fiscal sustainability alike. But they didn’t get there just by building bike lanes.

Broad is the Road that Leads to Destruction

Broad is the Road that Leads to Destruction

We’ve been taught that a growing city inevitably needs wider highways. Even those who oppose specific road projects often accept this premise. But is it actually true?

Micro-Mobility Still Has a Range Problem

Micro-Mobility Still Has a Range Problem

The reality for most of us is that “last mile” transportation options like e-scooters and e-boards, which imply connectivity to other forms of public transit, really mean nothing when public transit either isn’t adequate or doesn’t exist.

Car-Free in L.A.? Don't Laugh.

Car-Free in L.A.? Don't Laugh.

Los Angeles, where the car is famously king, may have one of the best shots of any American city of becoming a car-optional place at scale—not just in a few trendy neighborhoods lucky enough to have good transit. Here’s why.

The Real Problem With E-Scooters? Cars!

The Real Problem With E-Scooters? Cars!

Scooters are often perceived as a nuisance on public streets. But nearly every problem blamed on them is ultimately a consequence of the way our cities are designed to privilege the movement and storage of cars above all else.

The Folly of Go-Big-or-Go-Home Transit

The Folly of Go-Big-or-Go-Home Transit

Don't be seduced by the "signature project" that takes 20 years to complete, when there's huge basket of small projects you could hit the ground running on. That's a wildly different approach than anything our transit agencies or federal transportation funding mechanisms are set up for. But it's a more promising one.

Orwellian Freeway Widening

Orwellian Freeway Widening

When you want to widen an urban freeway, just call it an “improvement.” Who can be against improvement?