Imagine a transcontinental network of protected bike paths

“Our vision is an intercity network that people could bike and walk to destinations across the country.”
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The murky case for mass telecommuting

To cut climate emissions, Bay Area planners propose a work-from-home requirement for 60% of office employees. But critics warn of unintended consequences.

How big was 2019's scooter boom, and what's next?

A new report from the National Association of City Transportation Officials shows big gains for e-scooters before the pandemic — and signs that the micromobility boom could go on.

'This is a wake-up call': How will pro cycling address its own climate crisis?

Cycling may have strong green credentials but at elite level the sport's relationship with the environment is vexed.

Bicycles are pushing aside cars on Europe's city streets

Bikes are increasingly muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets, as the coronavirus accelerates a shift toward pedal power.

This bridge in Providence used to be a highway—now it's for pedestrians

The highway once cut off a Providence neighborhood from the rest of the city. Now residents can easily walk between them.

Global data reveals inequality of pandemic travel

A snapshot of transportation patterns during six months of coronavirus points to divergent future paths for cities.

This new car-free district in Shenzhen is the size of midtown Manhattan

As part of a new corporate headquarters for company Tencent, a new district in one of the densest cities in the world will barely allow any cars.

Fear of public transit remains high in London

As the U.K. capital cautiously reopens, a poll finds 70% of surveyed Londoners are anxious about commuting via bus or Tube. Are their COVID-19 fears justified?


Editorial: Bicycling is having a moment—let’s use it to make riding more safe and inclusive

When you're a member of the media you receive notice of a lot of "days"—Pancake day, National Lame Duck Day, Textiles Day. But today is World Bicycle Day, and that means something to me. And, if you care about the environment, it should to you as well.

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Four environmental issues in the Pittsburgh region to keep your eyes on in the age of COVID-19

COVID-19 cost jobs, closed businesses and limited travel. But the economic ruin has also led to record low levels of pollution and huge reductions in climate change emissions globally.

Your daily commute won't ever be the same

Coronavirus will upend—but perhaps make healthier—the ways we use trains, buses, and bike lanes in our post-pandemic future.

One way the coronavirus could transform Europe’s cities: More space for bikes

European cities are already reclaiming portions of busy thoroughfares to install new bike lanes.

Are we witnessing the death of the car?

Cities around the world are seeing dwindling numbers of fossil-fuel powered cars on their streets, and many are planning to keep it that way after lockdowns ease.

Meet Steve Hankey, the Virginia Tech professor measure air pollution by bicycle

Steve Hankey is an assistant professor in Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs who recently received a $500,000 award from the National Science Foundation to measure pollution around cities using bicycle-mounted sensors.

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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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