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What We Can Learn From the 30 Percent of Americans Who Can’t Drive

...and why even that number is likely an undercount.

May 21, 2024

How to Fight a Texas-Sized Freeway Battle

A new book explores how Texas advocates are fighting back against destructive highway expansions. But what happened to those projects since it was sent to the printer?

May 7, 2024

Why We Can’t End Violence on Transit With More Police

Are more cops the answer to violence against transit workers, or is it only driving societal tensions that make attacks more frequent?

April 23, 2024

Do Bike Advocates and EMS Workers Have to Be Enemies?

Fast fire trucks might seem antithetical to slow, safe streets for vulnerable road users. But does it have to be that way?

April 9, 2024

People on Bikes Can Come Together As Advocates — No Matter Why They Ride

Can sports cyclists and utility riders become a powerful coalition to make our streets better? This author argues they must.

March 26, 2024

The Brake Podcast: How Many People Does Car Culture Kill, Exactly?

One in 32 people around the world die from car crashes, car-related air pollution, and car-related lead exposure every year. But even the astonishing number doesn't tell the whole story.

March 12, 2024

Why Your City Needs a Walkability Study

Two urbanism rockstars are joining forces to bring a game-changing analysis to more cities — and spilling some trade secrets about low-cost design strategies that get people moving.

February 20, 2024

Could a Single Law End Impaired Driving As We Know It?

Rana Abbas Taylor lost five members of her family in a single drunk driving crash. Now, she hopes a single law could ensure that no one else suffers the same fate.

January 23, 2024

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Reflects on His Career, And Why ‘Bike-Partisanship’ is America’s Secret Weapon

As he concludes his nearly 30-year career in Congress, Earl Blumenauer says America has never been better positioned to make a "quantum leap" towards bikeability.

November 14, 2023