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

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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, …

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Technology “Hacks” Solve Real-World Cycling Problems

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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Behind the Scenes of Arlington’s Bike and Pedestrian Innovations

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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How to Combat “Bikelash”? Embrace it.

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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