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Slow Down! And Four Other Rules to Make People Love Cyclists

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline …

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A First Look at Arlington’s New Bike-Ped Safety Messaging

Arlington hasn't unveiled its new PAL marketing campaign yet, but Mobility Lab received a preview of it. Soon to show up on ART buses, in Arlington Metro stations, and local newspapers, the new series of ads are colorful and friendly in their gentle and light-hearted admonition for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to show each other …

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Technology “Hacks” Solve Real-World Cycling Problems

The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest Transportation Techies event: Bike Hack Night …

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BikeArlington Encourages the “Concerned 60%” to Get on a Bike

Don’t ride a bicycle? Arlington County wants to change that. The Virginia county is committed to getting as many residents as possible on a car-free diet1, and encouraging more of its residents to get around by bike is one way the county is achieving this goal. Arlington’s BikeArlington team makes biking more accessible to its residents, performing outreach …

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Behind the Scenes of Arlington’s Bike and Pedestrian Innovations

How do government leaders learn from one another? One example is the recent tour Arlington County leaders offered to representatives from multiple Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) districts to showcase the county’s best practices in pedestrian and bicycle engineering. VDOT engineers from as far away as Hampton Roads and Lynchburg, representing nearly all nine VDOT …

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How to Combat “Bikelash”? Embrace it.

There will always be those who are resistant to change. These are the people who fight the Columbia Pike Streetcar despite credible evidence of its return on investment. These are the ones who use rhetoric like “war on cars” and are fond of excessive punctuation. And lately, these are the people who write angry op-eds to …

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Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes

Chris Eatough, a former professional biker and the director of BikeArlington, envisions an Arlington County where there are more bikes than cars. In order to get there, says Eatough, the county needs to create a connected network of protected bike lanes. Eatough has spent the last five years helping to guide the county’s transformation into …

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Bicycling Gains Could Eventually Put U.S. Cities on Par with Copenhagen

The mainstreaming of bicycling is nothing short of a comeback story in the United States. Bicycle ridership generally is up, and so is bike commuting, particularly in some key urban markets. In automobile-congested but bicycle-friendly regions such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the ability of bikes to outmaneuver automobiles and avoid headache-inducing …

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10 Rules for Construction of Good Bicycle Parking

[By Melissa McMahon and Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab. Published on May 8, 2014] Arlington, Virginia takes bicycling seriously. It partnered with Washington D.C. to create arguably the most successful bikesharing network in the U.S., Capital Bikeshare. Arlington contains more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes over a relatively small …

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Pentagon City Welcomes Bike, Walk Fixes for Economic Future

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on April 24, 2014] A new multimodal project aimed at bringing bicycle and pedestrian friendliness to a Pentagon City neighborhood was unveiled today with a ribbon cutting by Congressman Jim Moran and representatives from Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services (DES). Held in front of the popular Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Mall …

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