Why the U.K. is investing big in cycling and walking

The new push to promote and fund active travel is as much about improving health as it is about curbing pollution.
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‘Green tsunami’ sweeps climate focused French mayors into power

The Green Party scored big in municipal elections, and new mayors have ambitious plans. Now comes the hard part.

In the walking capitals of the world, drivers still rule the road

In sub-Saharan Africa, about half of travelers move around by foot. Yet in its cities, conditions for pedestrians remain incredibly dangerous.

London is transforming its center into a car-free zone

“We will need many more Londoners to walk and cycle to make this work.”

How will Americans commute after lockdowns end?

Will car traffic surge as lockdowns end, or will millions of Americans decide to bike, walk, or work from home permanently? Emerging research offers some hints.

UK trials e-scooters to ease post-lockdown transport crunch

The government is fast-tracking e-scooter trials as it seeks to reduce pressure on public transport to avoid a new virus spike.


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.

Cities close streets to cars, opening space for social distancing

Boston, Minneapolis, Oakland and other cities have temporarily banned through traffic on streets, giving pedestrians and cyclists extra elbow room during the coronavirus pandemic.

The other toll of Uber and Lyft rides: Pollution

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that the environmental impact of Uber and Lyft rides is 69% worse than the transportation modes they replace.

More people are biking these days — so why are kids riding less?

The inequitable and insufficient urban planning that caters to cars over vulnerable populations comes with a big cost: our children's health.


Thinking big: New Zealand's growing pains as population nears 5 million

New Zealand is navigating one of the most dramatic demographic transitions in modern times. How will this reconfigure its society, politics and environment?


Eben Weiss: Hey cyclists, be nice to pedestrians

Cars may have driven us apart, but we’re natural allies. Here’s how to do your part to heal the divide.

London is changing its skyscraper designs—to favor cyclists

Wind tunnels and downdrafts can make life difficult for cyclists and pedestrians. London's new design rules aim to reduce headwinds.

How is the heat wave in Europe affecting travel?

Getting from A to B in these baking hot conditions is a challenge for commuters and holiday travelers alike. So which mode of transport is best suited to cope with the heat wave?

Three new year’s resolutions that can help fight climate change

Our readers often ask us what they can do to reduce their climate footprint. Here are three ways to start in 2018.
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Stranded whales and dolphins offer a snapshot of ocean contamination

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Cutting forests and disturbing natural habitats increases our risk of wildlife diseases

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The President’s green comedy routine

A token, triumphal green moment for a president and party who just might need such a thing in an election year.

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