A wave of U.S. car buyers nearly tied the all-time record for truck and SUV purchases, just weeks before the American people at large elected a President who wants to get rid of gas-guzzlers altogether by 2050.
When it comes to getting out and enjoying life on two wheels, some of the most intimidating barriers we must confront have less to do with hulking SUVs and more to do with what types of bodies our entire culture is built to suit.
The retractable stop-sign, mandatory crash test standards, mandatory airbags and bendable hood ornaments are just a few of Joan Claybrook's traffic safety legacies — but behind the scenes, she pushed for far more.
A massive shift to remote work during national COVID-19 lockdowns saved commuters as much as $22 billion in direct commuting costs — and it saved society nearly as much money in avoided car crashes and carbon outputs. But that's only the tip of the iceberg.
An effort is underway to build a national network of connected walking and cycle infrastructure — and the organization behind it says a $10 billion federal investment in the project would help the country rebound from the economic ravages of COVID-19 in a way that highway spending never could.