Do you disobey traffic laws when you're on your bike? I do, from time to time. So do a lot of other people. And we do it more, it seems, than we would in a car. Why is that? Are bicyclists contemptible jerks, or is there a method to our lawbreaking ways?
Sometimes the traffic on roads develops emergent properties, creating beautiful patterns you never realized were there.
Have you ever been caught in a "phantom traffic jam," where cars have slowed down and even stopped for no reason at all? These are a real phenomenon, and they can be hotspots for accidents. In Nautilus, Benjamin Seibold reports on some possible reasons for these mysterious events.
Traffic congestion steals our time, reduces our quality of life, and hurts us economically. But what can we possibly do about it? Here's how technology and some common sense could put an end to traffic congestion.
We'll give you a hint: The first of these 2,300 data points appeared at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor back in 1924.
A number of North American and European cities are introducing protected bike lanes, but they do little to help cyclists navigate through dangerous intersections. A proposal for a "protected intersection" could change that.
At least in the winter. As the days get longer, the risk tapers off slowly, or gets pushed back an hour or two, as you can see in this chart of pedestrian risk over time. But, it's not just a chart — it's also a map.
If you're a pedestrian in a major city, then you live in fear of your life every day. To cross the street is to be reminded that your life is cheap, and traffic rules are often viewed purely as suggestions. Even if you don't jaywalk.
Live near a major road? You may be shortening your lifespan. In a major Danish study of over 50,000 people, those aged 65+ suffered a higher chance of stroke if they lived near traffic. Every 10 decibels of noise increased the risk by 27%, and that rate increased even higher over 60 decibels. The researchers attribute…
If you have too many cars on the freeway, the best thing to do is go vertical and build a skyscraper road system. Here is one possible way to do that, layering roads on top of each other until the traffic thins out. Perfect for Los Angeles, where it often takes three hours to cross town on the freeways. [Core Form-ula
Most cities built before 1900 weren't designed with cars in mind, and traffic jams are often one of the results. As we move towards a future that is looking increasingly urban, we're likely to see more traffic scenes like this one, in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India. We're also likely to see more traffic jams…