Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam

Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam

by Erin Silver
Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam

Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam

by Erin Silver


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Traffic. It's not only frustrating, it's hurting the planet.

Emissions from cars, buses, trucks and planes are one of the leading causes of pollution in North America. Today there are more cars clogging the roads than ever before. In Rush Hour, learn how traffic got so bad and some of the innovative ways it's being managed around the world. Discover what technological advances like talking cars and electric buses will mean for the future of traffic. Even though they can't drive yet, kids need to take control of the wheel. From walking to school, to carpooling with friends or petitioning the government, the next generation of drivers has to think differently about traffic and understand what they can do now to help protect the environment. And it starts with changing our habits, one less car ride at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459827776
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 05/17/2022
Series: Orca Footprints Series , #23
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 48
Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
File size: 24 MB
Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Erin Silver is a children’s author and freelance writer whose work has appeared in everything from Good Housekeeping to the Washington Post. She is the author of numerous books for children, including Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam in the Orca Footprints line, as well as What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 and Proud to Play: Canadian LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Made History. Erin holds a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from the University of King’s College in Halifax, a postgraduate journalism degree from Toronto Metropolitan University and a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Collision Course

Before There Were Cars, There Were Canoes 8

Giddyup! Getting Around with Horses and Buggies 9

Vroom-Vroom! The Invention of the Car 10

Chaos in the Streets 11

Green Means Go 11

Getting Nowhere Fast 12

Stuck in Traffic 13

Why Is Traffic Such a Problem? 14

Chapter 2 Go with the Flow

Idling Gets You Nowhere 16

Ways to Keep Traffic Moving 16

That's Smart! Intelligent Transportation Systems 17

Alternate Driving Days 18

Congestion Taxes 19

Low-Emission Zones 19

Life Is a Highway 20

Car-Sharing Programs 20

Carpooling 21

Borrow a Bike 22

20-Minute Neighborhoods 23

Reclaiming the Streets 23

Car-Free Neighborhoods 24

Cities of the Future? 25

Chapter 3 Driving into the Future

Cars That Drive Themselves 26

Why Aren't Self-Driving Cars Already on Roads? 26

"Talking" Cars 28

High-Tech Public Transportation 29

Electric Buses 29

Electric Vehicles 30

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a Hyperloop Train! 31

Traffic Disappears 33

Chapter 4 How Kids Can Help Drive Change

Hand Out Parking Tickets 34

Become Research Assistants 35

Join the Safety Patrol 36

Speak Up to Make Streets Safer 36

Walk to School 38

Plan a Special Event 39

Bike to School 40

Take Public Transportation or Carpool 40

Tell It Like It Is 41

Resources 42

Glossary 44

Index 46

Acknowledgments 48

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