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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Oct 09, 2019. 24 comments

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

How to Ride an Escalator, According to Escalator Manufacturers

People shouldn’t walk on escalators. (It slows down the flow at rush hour.) According to a recent CBC report, all the walkers are breaking escalators faster. The Otis Elevator Company even says that walking on the escalator is a safety hazard. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. We’re here because of a dumbfounding revelation from Otis.

Stop Walking on the Escalator

Escalator...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jun 24, 2019. 17 comments

What's the Biggest Favor Someone Can Do in Your City?

What's the Biggest Favor Someone Can Do in Your City?

In some cities, the nicest thing you can do is shovel someone’s driveway. In some, it’s to lend them shade. In some, it’s to let them pass on the freeway, or top off their parking meter. In your city, what’s the best favor someone can do for someone else?

In New York, it’s the subway swipe: If you have an unlimited-use MetroCard, and you’re getting out of a station, you can swipe your card for...

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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Jun 06, 2019. 12 comments

Don't Throw Your Old Bicycle in the Trash

Don't Throw Your Old Bicycle in the Trash

There are graveyards of mangled bicycles sitting in vacant lots throughout villages and major cities in China. Local governments have long struggled with what to do with the millions of abandoned bicycles—the result of an initial oversupply to support the country’s bike share program (that later fell apart after major companies involved declared bankruptcy.)

Bicycles, whether broken or not,...

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Aimée Lutkin Aimée Lutkin Nov 06, 2018. 3 comments

How to Get a Ride to the Polls

How to Get a Ride to the Polls

Every election, millions of Americans who are registered to vote don’t cast their ballots simply because they can’t get to their polling place. If you’re one of them, here’s how you can get a ride.

Carpool Vote

Carpool Vote connects people who need a ride with people who have a ride. So if you’re not worried about reaching your polling place, you should still check it out. Grab some extra...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Aug 27, 2018.

You Can Now Buy Uber Gift Cards

You Can Now Buy Uber Gift Cards

Uber has become a pretty standard, reliable mode of transportation no matter where you live. If you know someone who uses it frequently, the company now sells gift cards.

Card values start at $15 and users can redeem them for any Uber ride, but it’s not valid for “UberEATS, UberRUSH or with Family profiles,” according to the site. The other downside is you can’t buy the cards online yet, and...

Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Jun 24, 2018. 19 comments

How to Find Cheap Transportation to and From Major Airports

How to Find Cheap Transportation to and From Major Airports

When you budget out your big trip, it’s easy to forget about transportation to and from the airport. It can really cost you if you’re not careful. Fortunately, all of the world’s busiest airports have affordable options. These are the types of transportation you should look for if you’re hoping to save some cash.

Airport Time Is a Welcome State of Limbo

For many, the airport is a place filled...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Jun 16, 2018. 22 comments

See How Much More You'll Spend On Gas This Year 

See How Much More You'll Spend On Gas This Year 

Current gas prices nationwide are the highest they’ve been since 2014, meaning you might want to re-calculate your gas budget. This tool tells you how much you’ll spend on gas over the next year based on your car’s model and how many miles you think you’ll be driving. It also can tell you how much more you’ll spend in relation to last year.

Silence Annoying Gas Pump TV Ads With This Button...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong May 27, 2018.

MidwayMeetup Finds a Central Location to Meet Up With Someone

MidwayMeetup Finds a Central Location to Meet Up With Someone

Let’s say you’re meeting a few friends or colleagues for lunch during the week, and you all work in different parts of town. Common etiquette is to find a central meeting location for everyone, and MidwayMeetup makes it easy to do this.

From the site, you enter everyone’s location, then enter what you want to do (coffee, lunch, drinks, etc.), and the tool maps out a number of spots equidistant...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong May 07, 2018. 4 comments

Trulia's New Rent Near Transit Feature Maps Out Rentals Close to Rapid Transit

Trulia's New Rent Near Transit Feature Maps Out Rentals Close to Rapid Transit

There are certain considerations you have to make when you live in a big city, and public transit may be one of them. If you rely on public transportation to get around, you may want to live close to a station, and this new tool from Trulia lets you search accordingly.

The tool is currently available for renters in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C....

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Melanie Pinola Melanie Pinola Apr 18, 2018. 2 comments

Get Around Cities in Style with These Super Mario-Themed Subway Maps

Get Around Cities in Style with These Super Mario-Themed Subway Maps

Sure, you could download your city’s public transit maps, but that’s not as fun as these city maps created in the style of Super Mario 3.

Geek designer Dave Delisle has so far made 9 maps covering: Atlanta, Calgary, Montreal, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington D.C. San Francisco’s map is even called MarioBART, and some of the maps are animated.

Delisle’s...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Mar 04, 2018. 15 comments

New Yorkers: Get the MetroCard That Refills Itself

New Yorkers: Get the MetroCard That Refills Itself

The worst time to buy a New York City MetroCard is when you’re already in the subway station. You’re worried about missing your train, and there are people before and behind you with the same worry, slowing you down and stressing you out. But you never have to suffer this again. Instead, get the MTA’s auto-refilling EasyPay MetroCard.

EasyPay works for both pay-per-ride and 30-day unlimited...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Dec 25, 2017. 8 comments

This Video Explains All the Ways You're Packing Wrong

This Video Explains All the Ways You're Packing Wrong

Packing for a trip is a burdensome art form. We all need to do it occasionally, but most of us are probably doing it wrong. This video explains how you should be packing.

While the video includes some useful tips on how to conserve space (like the bundle method ), it also covers some of the less-common tips. For example: don’t pack drunk or tired. This is probably some of the most...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Dec 22, 2017. 5 comments

TaxiLater Lets You Schedule an Uber for Later

TaxiLater Lets You Schedule an Uber for Later

iOS: Uber is great for finding a ride when you need it. And if you want to schedule a car in advance, TaxiLater lets you do just that: set a pickup time and location in the future.

Once you download the app, log in with your Uber account, then select your time, location, and car type. Once you submit requests, you can manage them from the app at any time and cancel your ride if necessary (just...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Dec 09, 2017.

Lyft Releases an Option to Upgrade Your Ride

Lyft Releases an Option to Upgrade Your Ride

Lyft customers can now ride in luxury. The company recently rolled out a fancier alternative to its standard ride: “Lyft Premier”. Of course, you can expect to pay a bit more for the upgrade.

The service is currently only available in New York, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area, but they’re expanding it to more cities soon. In a press release, Lyft announced:

If you’re one of the many Lyft...

Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Oct 22, 2017. 14 comments

How to Calculate How Much It Will Cost to Move to a New City

How to Calculate How Much It Will Cost to Move to a New City

Let’s say you have your sights set on a new city and you’re ready to pack your bags, get out of dodge, and start a new life in another part of the country. (Or even the world!) Getting out of dodge is expensive , but it’s easy to get a ballpark idea of cost.

Moving on a Tight Budget: Seven Ways to Save a Ton of Money

Unless you're a devout minimalist, moving can be daunting—especially when...

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Eric Ravenscraft Eric Ravenscraft Oct 01, 2017. 16 comments

Why You Need Regular Car Washes if You Live in the North

Why You Need Regular Car Washes if You Live in the North

Car washes are typically seen as a cosmetic indulgence. However, if you live in an area that gets any regular amount of snow, you should probably be getting regular car washes anyway. The reason? Salt on the roads can rust parts on your vehicle.

As one reddit user points out, there are a number of parts on your car that can rust when exposed to the salts that are frequently used on snowy...

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Patrick Allan Patrick Allan Sep 29, 2017. 9 comments

The New Perfect Balance for Your MetroCard Is $27.25

The New Perfect Balance for Your MetroCard Is $27.25

Last year, Ben Wellington from data analysis blog I Quant NY found the perfect amount to add to your MetroCard so you can get an exact number of rides and you’re never missing a train because you’re a few cents short. Now with the new fare increase, the new perfect balances are $22.30 or $27.25, and there’s even a quick-buy button.

Why You Should Put $19.05 on Your MetroCard to Outsmart the...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Sep 27, 2017. 5 comments

You Can Now Request Your Uber Passenger Rating Straight From the App

You Can Now Request Your Uber Passenger Rating Straight From the App

After taking an Uber ride, you’re asked to rate your driver—but they rate you, too. As a rider, you have your own rating, and you can now access it directly from the app.

We previously told you that you could request your Uber passenger rating by shooting Uber an email and requesting it . Since then, it’s gotten even easier. You can request it directly from the app. From your profile sidebar,...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Sep 14, 2017. 14 comments

TSA Lines May Soon Get Shorter, Thanks to a New Bill

TSA Lines May Soon Get Shorter, Thanks to a New Bill

Finally, some good news about TSA lines: you can likely expect them to be shorter soon, thanks to a new bill.

Earlier this year, we warned you about longer wait times at airports this year, primarily because the TSA has become incredibly understaffed.

Expect Longer Than Usual TSA Wait Times at Airports This Year

If it seems like it’s taking longer to get through airport security lately,...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Sep 14, 2017. 5 comments

Fare Estimate Compares Prices Between Uber and Lyft

Fare Estimate Compares Prices Between Uber and Lyft

Depending on where you’re headed, prices between Uber and Lyft can vary quite a bit, especially when surge pricing is in effect. Fare estimate is a simple online app that lets you quickly compare prices.

From the site, you just plug in your starting point and destination, and the app uses real-time estimates for Lyft and Uber prices. I looked up a route from my house to the airport, for...

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