What Driving Means for America

The civic and psychic benefits of life behind the wheel.

#automobiles, #crawford-matthew-b, #road-trips, #roads-and-traffic, #united-states

Did Nature Heal During the Pandemic ‘Anthropause’?

Covid precautions created a global slowdown in human activity — and an opportunity to learn more about the complex ways we affect other species.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #atlantic-ocean, #birds, #california, #canada, #conservation-of-resources, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #hawaii, #invasive-species, #mice, #noise, #roadkill, #roads-and-traffic, #san-francisco-calif, #snorkeling, #sweden, #travel-and-vacations, #turtles-and-tortoises, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

‘Everything in Hong Kong Has Changed’: A Road to Reinvention

In the 25 years since the handover to China, life on Queen’s Road, the first thoroughfare built by the British after they seized the territory, has been transformed.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #great-britain, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

The B.Q.E. Is Crumbling. There’s Still No Plan to Fix It.

Mayor Eric Adams wants to jump-start the project, but some critics have raised safety concerns.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-queens-expressway, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic

This Is No Way to Run a City (or a Country)

Congestion pricing in Manhattan should have happened years ago. The reason it hasn’t is instructive.

#congestion-pricing, #environmental-protection-agency, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic

Traffic-Clogged North England Bitter Over Stalled Rail Plan

Transport problems are just one symptom of the economic neglect that has long hobbled the region, where growth, employment and health care mostly lag far behind the south.

#bradford-england, #conservative-party-great-britain, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #england, #high-speed-2-ltd, #politics-and-government, #railroads, #roads-and-traffic, #urban-areas

The Dream of the Open Road Collides With the Reality of $5-a-Gallon Gas

Inflation at the diner. Sky-high prices at the pump. The view of the country from a 5,000-mile car journey is clear: It’s expensive out there.

#atlanta-ga, #budget-travel, #great-smoky-mountains-national-park, #new-orleans-la, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #roads-and-traffic, #tennessee, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy

How a Highway Divided a Community in Philadelphia

On a personal episode of “Still Processing,” Wesley Morris revisits a highway that he walked across as a kid. He never knew how deeply it had transformed the neighborhood it ran through.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #chinatown-manhattan-ny, #infrastructure-public-works, #philadelphia-pa, #roads-and-traffic

Getting Cars Off the Road Is Harder Than It Should Be

If turning a few blocks into a plaza in Berkeley isn’t easy, is there any hope?

#automobiles, #berkeley-calif, #internal-sub-only-nl, #pedestrian-malls, #pedestrian-zones, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic, #robinson-rigel, #telegraph-avenue, #university-of-california-berkeley

How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla’s Autopilot? No One Knows.

Automakers and technology companies say they are making driving safer, but verifying these claims is difficult.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-us

Helicopters vs. Homeowners: A Very Hamptons Fight

The East Hampton Airport is set to close on May 17, but frequent fliers, business owners and others have filed lawsuits to keep it open.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #beaches, #blade-inc, #dans-papers, #east-hampton-ny, #east-hampton-airport-long-island-ny, #hamptons-ny, #helicopters, #high-net-worth-individuals, #netjets, #noise, #private-aircraft, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #roads-and-traffic, #southampton-ny, #suffolk-county-ny, #summer-season

How to Stop Speeding Drivers in N.Y.C.? Scare Them

Traffic deaths in New York City have risen to the highest level in eight years. A new campaign aims to shock them into slowing down.

#brooklyn-nyc, #bushwick-brooklyn-ny, #canarsie-brooklyn-ny, #deaths-fatalities, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #hunts-point-bronx-ny, #jamaica-queens-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #roads-and-traffic, #speed-limits-and-speeding, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

A Push for Traffic Stop Reform

The relatively minor police checks turn lethal in a disproportionate number of cases. But moves to restrict the practice could be hobbled by a rise in violent crime.

#audio-neutral-informative, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #roads-and-traffic, #united-states

NYC’s Alternate-Side Parking Ritual Is Back. Cue the Outrage.

New York City says that drivers will have to move their cars twice a week again so that dirty streets can be swept clean.

#adams-eric-l, #automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #parking, #roads-and-traffic, #sanitation-department-nyc, #traffic-and-parking-violations

Can A.I. All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There.

Well before self-driving cars become a reality, there are simpler approaches that can make roads much safer.

#aispecialreport2022, #artificial-intelligence, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #deaths-fatalities, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

In Louisiana, a Lafayette Neighborhood Warily Eyes New Highway

Residents of Lafayette are wary of a project that has dragged on for decades, but they believe that their community — where vehicles hit buildings and pedestrians — has few options.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #lafayette-la, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

South Dakota Attorney General Is Impeached Over Fatal Car Crash

Attorney General Jason R. Ravnsborg will face a trial in the State Senate to determine whether he is removed from office.

#boever-joe-1964-2020, #impeachment, #noem-kristi, #politics-and-government, #ravnsborg-jason-r, #republican-party, #roads-and-traffic, #south-dakota, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Road Rage Shootings Raise Alarms in Texas

Dozens have been reported in Texas alone amid a pandemic surge in gun purchases and a country increasingly on edge.

#anger-emotion, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #turner-sylvester

Driver of N.Y.P.D. Van Hits and Kills a Pedestrian in Brooklyn

Four arrested people were being transported in the van Thursday night when its driver struck the man in Crown Heights.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-nyc, #de-blasio-bill, #deaths-fatalities, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Taliban Take On a Treacherous, Avalanche-Prone Pass

After overthrowing the government, the Taliban are now trying to save what’s left of the roads they spent years blowing up, with none more critical than a two-mile-high pass through the Hindu Kush.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bridges-and-tunnels, #roads-and-traffic, #salang-pass, #taliban, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

80-Car Pileup on Pennsylvania Highway Leaves 6 Dead

Several tractor-trailers were involved in the chain-reaction crash this week on Interstate 81, about 50 miles northeast of Harrisburg, Pa.

#harrisburg-pa, #national-weather-service, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #schuylkill-county-pa, #snow-and-snowstorms, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Snow Squall Leads to 50-Car Pileup on Pennsylvania Highway

Several tractor-trailers were involved in the chain-reaction crash on Interstate 81, about 50 miles northeast of Harrisburg, Pa.

#deaths-fatalities, #pennsylvania, #pennsylvania-state-police, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

A Bomb Crater as Business Partner for a Pit Stop on an Afghan Highway

Along a lonely stretch of what was once the most dangerous road in Afghanistan, everyone slows down when they reach Hafiz Qadim’s mud brick shop. It’s not the food. Or the gas. It’s the big hole.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #bombs-and-explosives, #kandahar-afghanistan, #roads-and-traffic, #taliban, #zabul-province-afghanistan

Six Killed in Chain-Reaction Crash on Missouri Interstate

The collisions resulted in a pileup of more than a hundred vehicles and closed the highway in both directions, the authorities said.

#deaths-fatalities, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Getting Inside Putin’s Head: Is He Irrational?

Trying to figure out what makes Vladimir Putin tick. Also: China’s role; Russian war crimes; being a parent; stresses of email; don’t walk and text. 

#china, #e-mail, #parenting, #putin-vladimir-v, #roads-and-traffic, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Fiction With a Covid Theme: Will It Sell?

Two writers and a social worker discuss the challenges of writing books about the pandemic. Also: Photojournalists’ bravery; Ukraine’s lithium; crosswalk danger.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #books-and-literature, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lithium-drug, #news-and-news-media, #photography, #roads-and-traffic, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #writing-and-writers

Truckers Protest Mandates on D.S. Beltway for a Second Day

Organizers of a convoy of vehicles protesting mask and vaccine mandates said they would drive another lap around the Beltway on Monday but did not intend to enter the capital.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hagerstown-md, #roads-and-traffic, #trucks-and-trucking, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-dc

NYC Looks to Add Raised Crosswalks to Make Intersections Safer

City officials want to install 100 raised crosswalks every year as part of a larger effort to redesign dangerous intersections.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-alternatives, #walking

France Installs Sensors on Streets to Tackle ‘Noise From Hell’

The French authorities are installing “sound radars” in some cities to detect and photograph vehicles making excessive noise, which they say is a public health hazard.

#france, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #noise, #paris-france, #roads-and-traffic, #sensors

Will More Bus Lanes Solve N.Y.C. Traffic Problems?

Mayor Eric Adams has promised 150 miles of new bus lanes in New York City, but some drivers and businesses say they have created headaches in the past.

#adams-eric-l, #brooklyn-nyc, #buses, #london-school-of-economics, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #roads-and-traffic, #rodriguez-ydanis, #transit-systems

How Billions in Infrastructure Funding Could Worsen Global Warming

Highway expansions tend to bring more greenhouse gas emissions. A few states are trying to change that dynamic, but it won’t be easy.

#air-pollution, #american-assn-of-state-highway-and-transportation-officials, #automobiles, #colorado, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #roads-and-traffic, #states-us

My Big Fat Self-Driving Road Trip

I took a top-of-the-line Cadillac Escalade on a two-week road trip. Unfortunately for the planet, I loved it.

#chevrolet-division-of-general-motors-corp, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #global-warming, #roads-and-traffic

Deep Chill Sets In as Northeast Emerges From Heavy Snow and Harsh Winds

With snowplows and shovels, parts of Massachusetts and New York were clearing away piles of snow amid frigid wind chills.

#airports, #automobiles, #boston-mass, #delays-transportation, #northeastern-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wind

Transportation Dept. Outlines Plan to Address Rising Traffic Deaths

The department said it would use new funding in the infrastructure law to carry out the strategy, which touches on issues ranging from speed limits to emergency medical care.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #deaths-fatalities, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #roads-and-traffic, #speed-limits-and-speeding, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-us

Heavy Snow Strands Motorists in Greece and Turkey

In areas more used to dealing with extreme heat, blizzard conditions caused chaos on roads and at airports.

#athens-greece, #greece, #istanbul-turkey, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #turkey

Unusual Ice and Snow Storm Hits the Carolinas and Virginia

A Delta flight skidded on a runway and roads remained dangerous on Saturday as the storm brought eight inches of snow to some places.

#north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #south-carolina, #virginia, #weather

Monkeys Escape After Truck Crashes on Pennsylvania Highway

The State Police said that a pickup truck with an enclosed trailer full of 100 monkeys had collided with a dump truck. Four escaped.

#monkeys-and-apes, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

‘Superload’ Lumbers Across Pennsylvania, as Big as Two Whales

A mammoth tractor-trailer is hauling a tank from a decommissioned nuclear training site for disassembly near Pittsburgh. Top speed: 30 m.p.h.

#automobiles, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #trucks-and-trucking

Road Salt Works. But It’s Also Bad for the Environment.

The chemical is effective at keeping roads free of snow and ice, but it also has damaging consequences, according to a growing body of research.

#environment, #frontiers-in-ecology-and-the-environment-journal, #ice, #institute-of-ecosystem-studies, #lakes, #roads-and-traffic, #salt, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #water, #water-pollution

I-95 Near Washington, D.C., Is Closed After Deadly Snowstorm

Drivers reported being stranded for hours as part of the interstate, one of the country’s busiest travel corridors, was shut down after accidents involving several tractor-trailers.

#interstate-95, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Winter Storm Knocks Out Power Across Southeast

Hundreds of thousands were without electricity on Monday, and federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area were closed because of the storm.

#appalachian-region, #delaware, #georgia, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada.

Public safety officials warned that alternate routes offered by apps like Google Maps and Waze don’t always take into account hazards to drivers.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #geography, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #google-maps, #maps, #mobile-applications, #navigation, #nevada, #plumas-county-calif, #reno-nev, #roads-and-traffic, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transportation-department-calif, #truckee-calif, #washoe-county-nev, #waze-mobile

New York City Looks to Test More and Keep Classrooms Open

The city said it would allow students who were exposed to Covid to remain in school if they test negative for the coronavirus and have no symptoms.

#adams-eric-l, #belt-parkway-ny, #brooklyn-queens-expressway, #cross-bronx-expressway-bronx-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #george-washington-bridge, #hochul-kathleen-c, #long-island-expressway, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic

As Traffic Roars Back, Neighborhoods Outside Manhattan Feel the Pain

With transit use lagging and truck deliveries and car ownership rising, congestion across New York City is likely to be worse after the pandemic than it was before.

#adams-eric-l, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #inrix-inc, #new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #roads-and-traffic, #schwartz-samuel-i, #trucks-and-trucking

NYC Traffic: How Neighborhoods Outside of Manhattan Are Feeling the Pain

With transit use lagging and truck deliveries and car ownership rising, congestion across New York City is likely to be worse after the pandemic than it was before.

#adams-eric-l, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #inrix-inc, #new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #roads-and-traffic, #schwartz-samuel-i, #trucks-and-trucking

Winter Storm Shuts Down 81 Miles of an Interstate in the Sierra Nevada

A sprawling storm system pummeled the West, making travel in some cases “outright impossible,” a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

#california, #cold-and-cold-spells, #nevada, #roads-and-traffic, #seattle-wash, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #western-states-us

Millions Sign Petition to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

An online petition says the 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead was a “tragic accident” and that the driver’s sentence should be adjusted.

#change-org, #colorado, #deaths-fatalities, #polis-jared-s-1975, #roads-and-traffic, #rogel-aguilera-mederos, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Online Orders in Manhattan May Soon Arrive by Ferry

A partnership plans to bring packages into Manhattan by ferry, relieving truck congestion in tunnels and bridges.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fernhay, #ferries, #freight-cargo, #manhattan-nyc, #ny-waterway, #roads-and-traffic, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #wachtel-william

49 Dead in Crash of Truck Carrying Migrants in Mexico

Dozens more were reported injured in the crash in southern Chiapas state, where many migrants regularly cross into Mexico from Central America.

#asylum-right-of, #central-america, #chiapas-mexico, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Citi Bike Struggles to Keep Up With New Yorkers’ Love of Cycling

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc