The benefits of raising an organic garden are immeasurable. Organic gardening is great for the environment, and it can be a fun and interesting science project for families. Gardens can either be a personal shrine or the heartbeat of an entire community; neighborhoods are greatly enriched when its members come together to tend and harvest beautiful, nutritious, homegrown food.  

Growing your own food carries more satisfaction than simply purchasing it in the market. Nurturing the plants and harvesting their produce makes mealtimes meaningful and the full flavor and nutritional value of freshly picked fruits and veggies is very nourishing. Connecting with the earth and playing in the dirt carries additional health-promoting benefits since good “bugs” live in natural soil.

Anyone can enjoy the benefits of organic gardening! City dwellers often rely on small spaces...

Accelerate…brake…accelerate…brake…etc... Monotonous, isn’t it?

Great news! You can get around it!

Cycling around Tucson has become easier thanks to the installation of bike lanes in traffic and movements to heighten awareness of bikes as part of the mix. The world looks refreshingly different from the perspective of a bicycle! Riding your bike is liberating as you can feel invigorating wind on your face and notice scenery and other landmarks that just fly past in your car. 

You may even notice a cool new local coffee roaster that you usually turn a blind eye to in your travels.

Due to popular demand, the City of Tucson has put forth a commendable effort to reconfigure parts of the city infrastructure to make room for inner city commuter bike lanes and paths. Increasing popularity of biking as an alternative means of transportation has positively...

You have a lot riding on your tires – in more ways than one.

Every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy. In line with our policy to drive better cities, Metropia App’s developers keep a green mind when it comes to decongesting cities; therefore reducing vehicle idling times and helping you get to your destinations faster.

Greener cities are also made possible with fuel efficient vehicles and alternative transportation. You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?

Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to...

Metropia helps users get to their destinations more quickly and provides them with perks for doing so. But that’s not the only thing Metropia does.

The Metropia app uses urban analytics to help those commuters to and from their destinations. Urban analytics, or data about when, where, how, and how fast bodies and vehicles move through urban space, provides valuable information for developers, government decision-makers, and entrepreneurs.

Here are 10 things urban analytics can do beyond helping you get to work on time.

1. Provide information about travel patterns.

If city officials are thinking of adding another lane to a highway, or are considering reducing lanes on a street, they can use urban analytics to parse data about how those decisions would affect traffic congestion—and whether or not it is ultimately worth it to spend the money...

Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of accidents during the holiday season, as we’ve mentioned before. But it is also a driving hazard 365 days a year.

While we can’t control other people’s driving habits, we can certainly take care of our own. And one of the easiest ways to lessen the number of distracted drivers on the road is by refusing to be one of them.

Here are six easy ways to avoid driving distractions and be a better, safer driver.

1. Put your phone away.

Yes, we hear this one all the time: texting and driving is bad. But you don’t have to be texting while driving to be a distracted driver.

Just hearing the ding of messages or...

We can talk about driving safety in different elements and in different kinds of seasonal weather . But what about different seasons in their less physical sense? After all, the “holiday season” bridges fall and winter weather, as well as those seasons’ calendar dates.

The holidays are a time of celebration for many people from diverse backgrounds, whether they celebrate religious holidays or federal holidays, or both. Sometimes those celebrations can involve behaviors that endanger others in one way or another.

From braving mall traffic to late-night streets, here’s how to get around safely during the holidays.

Know the hazards.

One of the biggest challenges for drivers during the holiday season is other drivers....

Tucson, Arizona, is one of the sunniest towns in the US. It’s also the place where you can find Metropia’s headquarters.

It’s no New York City, but the urban sprawl of a 500,000-population college town in the middle of the desert creates a certain kind of traffic that is unique to the west. There are brutally hot spring, summer, and fall months that drive residents to take the shortest path from air-conditioned building to air-conditioned car, and early town planners didn’t consider urban sprawl when they set out to fill up all of that beautiful, open space.

So how does one get around in the Old Pueblo, you might wonder?

 

By Car

As you might have guessed, Tucson residents overwhelmingly commute by car. The necessity for air conditioning in the hot months makes this an easy choice, but it...

Commuting during specific seasons can bring different safety and efficiency issues for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike. One such factor is the rain that many parts of the country experience in the fall and winter months. 

While we’ve discussed ways to drive safely during autumn, it doesn’t hurt to look at how to handle rain in particular. No matter how you get to work when it’s wet out, here are some tips to get you there dry, safe, and on-time. 

By Car
•    Give yourself space
Give yourself an extra car length of space when it’s raining. Your reaction time decreases when the roads are wet, and the likelihood increases of hydroplaning, skidding, or not being able to stop for someone else’s hazardous driving. 
Give bicycles five...

Autumn and spring can be the two most pleasant times of the year to consider bicycling for your daily commute. Even if you just hop on your bike for an evening or early morning ride, the less extreme weather seems to be the best for taking to two wheels.

In many parts of the country, autumn can bring rain, drifts of fallen leaves, and increased mud--all of which can negatively affect bicyclists as they ride. In other parts of the country, such as much of the Southwest, the leaves wait to fall until winter but temperatures drop near or below freezing overnight.

No matter where you live, autumn's hazards require a certain amount of care from bikers. Here are a few habits to form that will get you through to the next batch of extreme weather conditions.

 

Keep your balance.

Whether you're...

In the US we have varying notions of what a train “is” in this day and age. Taking a look at the trains rolling across the country’s rails, you’ll see locomotives pulling endless trails of transport boxcars, silver Amtrak trains carting pedestrians to-and-fro, and sleek commuter trains plowing through metropolitan areas.

We’ve come a long way from the steam engine that shaped the country throughout the 19th century and a good chunk of the 20th century. So what is specific about trains in the 21st century—the trains of today? Here are some fast facts to get you in-the-know.

  • Despite the decrease in trains being used during the latter half of the 1900s, trains still play an integral role in moving large or heavy goods across the country in an economical, environmentally sound manner.
  • Steam locomotives are still being used in the 21st century for transport...

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