May is National Bike Month, a month promoting cycling as a transportation alternative. New data show dramatic increases in bicycle use over the past decade in cities across the country. The data also revealed economic savings from bike commuting.
Detroit has been hit hard by the recession. Once known as the "Paris of the Midwest, Detroit is now the poorest major city in the United States. City officials are in the midst of numerous efforts to stave off bankruptcy, but they're struggling to keep residents happy.
Toronto elected a new mayor back in 2010 on promises of halting the war on the car. His target? Bicycles. Since his election, he's followed through and now cyclists say the city can be downright dangerous to ride your bike through.
America has long been a country in love with its cars. But today, that love affair is strained. Fewer young Americans are buying cars, and Americans are driving less. A new book examines how America might be able to capitalize on this moment to reinvent its mass transportation system.
Former Transportation Security Administration administrator Kip Hawley says the current airport security system is broken. He suggests air travel would be safer if banned items such as knives, lighters and liquids were allowed and officers focused more on real security threats.
As Congress struggles to come up with a transportation plan, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says it's imperative that America find the funds for its transportation priorities. We can't turn our backs on rail and transit and only fund roads and bridges, he said.
The U.S. House and Senate have competing transportation bills that both seem stalled as bills that once enjoyed broad, bipartisan support are trapped in the partisan and even intra-Republican squabbling that has been a hallmark of this legislative session.
A Republican transportation bill seeks to eliminate the $1.6 billion in federal transportation funds that has been used to add bike lanes, improve sidewalk, create curb cuts and otherwise enhance roadways to make them more friendly to cyclists and pedestrians.
About this time last year, President Barack Obama was trumpeting his plan to build a high-speed rail network for the country. By the end of the year, rails had faded and it was back to roads and bridges.
New York City transportation officials are hoping that colorful signs, coupled with smart, short poems will help get the message across to pedestrians to look out for themselves.