Working World Mag Provides "Tips for Dealing with Your Commute"

The feature article in this week’s Working World Magazine is entitled "Stuck in Traffic? 7 Ways to Get Out." Not surprisingly, none of its seven suggestions actually involve getting out of traffic. Mercifully, the article doesn’t appear on the website.

Here’s the list:

1) Take note, with a tape recorder make a to do list
2) Book It, with a book on tape
3) Learn a Language
4) Carpool, because the car is a good place to trap co-workers into in-depth conversations
5) Laughter is the Best Medicine, listen to a comedy station or CD
6) Get Aware, listen to NPR
7) Drive Safely

Now far be it from me to criticise a list of ways to improve a commute that is only for drivers, but is it really a good idea to pay less attention to the road in rush hour? With more cars on the road, and thousands of people inconvenienced by even a minor fender-bender, shouldn’t we be encouraging people to pay more attention to what’s going on outside of their cars?


5 Lessons Every Transportation Engineer Should Learn

LADOT Should Have Learned Lesson 3 A recent article in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal, found here at Red Orbit, discusses the five important lessons that every transportation engineer should learn. When I was saw the title of the article, I was hopeful that it was going to be about how transportation engineers need […]

Tell Us About Your “Commuter Idyll”

Before I became your editor here at Streetsblog Capitol Hill, I was a reporter for WTOP, the DC area’s “most-listened-to” radio station. Its traffic reports “on the 8s” helped feed my ire toward auto-centrism – they wasted one out of every 10 minutes of airtime on an unintelligible litany of route numbers and exits. Meanwhile, […]

Economics Professor Takes Aim at Bike Lanes at City Watch

In last Friday’s City Watch, Cato Institute Adjunct Scholar and economics professor at Cal State University Northridge Dr. Shirley V. Svorny penned, People Who Want More Bike Lanes Need a Reality Check, an attack on on another City Watch piece, What a Difference a Few Years Makes, by Stephen Box.  Box’s piece celebrated the passing […]

Zipcar Goes Public, Seattle Times Goes Road-Crazy, Commuters Go By Bike

Today on the Network, a celebration of the growth of car-sharing, some thoughts on overcoming crazy anti-transit rhetoric and an innovative strategy for encouraging bike commuting. The Perfect Simplicity of Zipcar: In honor of its initial public offering, Rob Pitingolo at Network blog Extraordinary Observations pays tribute to Zipcar. The growing car-sharing service is not […]

10 Ways to Reduce VMT and Save Money at the Pump

The Sierra Club just released its list of "Ten Ways to Save Money at the Pump." In what’s a big improvement for the Sierra Club, most of the suggestions encourage readers to drive less. Why do I say it’s a big improvement? The Club’s list for "10 Things You Can Do to Curb Global Warming" […]