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The Italian city wonders if cash incentives can curb pollution.

Will cash incentives be enough to convince Milan commuters to bike to work?

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Norway's plan is ambitious and expensive.

Norway is planning to build 10 bicycle 'super cycleways' that will serve nine cities. They will cost nearly $1 billion.

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Portugal says that government employees should thing about biking to work, and will put in infrastructure to make that easier.

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Everyone sees the benefits of protected bike lanes

Since 2007, America's biggest and busiest city has installed over 30 miles of protected bike lanes and has seen benefits for not only bikers, but drivers as well.

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Shopping for cars is exciting, but daunting, especially when trying to calculate cost of ownership. And if you commute to work, you want to know what you'll be spending to get there and back. If you want to compare electric cars to gasoline-powered options, this can all get pretty confusing. Thankfully, UC Davis has launched its online Electric Vehicle Explorer tool to help make driving costs much clearer.

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So, the US metropolitan areas with the largest percentage jump in commuters that bike to work are Portland, Madison, San Francisco and Denver. Now that we've gotten the "no duh" portion of the US Public Interest Research Group's (PIRG) recent study on urban driving habits out of the way, we can dig further into a report that argues that we're about nine years past the year when "peak car" happened.

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Percentages of people driving to work and carpooling decline

Commuters are shedding their reliance on cars.

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It's the first increase in nearly five decades

Don't own a car? You're not alone. The percentage of zero-car families is increasing in the United States.

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Traffic, as we've established, is one of the worst things about driving. Too many motorists on too few roads is enough to ruin one's day, not to mention the impact vehicle congestion has on the environment. Now, though, an app called I'm Stuck can share the misery that comes with being lodged on the 405 for three hours for no apparent reason with the people that have the power to make road improvements: politicians.

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Autocar is reporting that Honda is about to start testing prototypes of its Micro Commuter, a petite EV that'll do adorable battle with the Renault Twizy if it reaches production.

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Study says 600,000 Americans are "megacommuters"

Nearly 4 million Americans have "extreme" commutes to work, according to a new study.

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America's Best and Worst Commutes – Click above for full-size

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Click above for high-res gallery of AAA's Top Commuter Car Picks

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Click above for high-res gallery of AAA's Top Commuter Car Picks

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Whether this graphic makes seeing the commuting pattern of eight major U.S. cities easier to understand or clear as mud might be a personal choice. We happen to think it's quite clever, and you can see the larger version here.

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BMW SIMPLE concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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BMW SIMPLE concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Photo by Yandle. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

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Pennsylvanians who want to take one of the easiest possible steps to reduce vehicle emissions, congestion and fuel use (I'm talking about carpooling here) are getting a push from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The PA DEP's is promoting a summer-long "Share the Ride Challenge" that targets Susquehanna Valley commuters. The Challenge starts tomorrow and officially continues through September 30 and asks people to carpool or use public transportation at least ten times in

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