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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Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable

Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more interesting question is, if the Apple Watch is …

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Are Suburbs The Secret to Walkability in D.C.?

Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America. The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one of the best subway …

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Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

In the video that follows, produced by me and Mobility Lab's Editor Paul Mackie, Ballston Business Improvement District CEO Tina Leone says, “We see the Silver Line as making Ballston the center of the universe. It makes everything even better here. We already have a very active Metro stop, with 26,000 trips per day. We see …

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Pentagon City Welcomes Bike, Walk Fixes for Economic Future

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 on on South Hayes Street, the metro station served …

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Seven Reasons to Let Your Child Walk or Bike to School

May 7 is Walk and Bike to School Day 2014 in Arlington, Virginia (and Bike to School Day nationally), but once a year isn’t the only time students can participate in these activities. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program designed to encourage walking and biking to school on a more regular basis, …

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Activity Centers Aim to Increase D.C. Region’s Future Growth, Avoid Infrastructure Chaos

I have written about Activity Centers before, to less than stellar Internet traffic. My concerns regarding how to market the regional planning initiative have been shared by my Mobility Lab colleague Paul Mackie, and we have struggled to come up with a hook or angle for these neighborhoods that will capture the imagination of the D.C. public. …

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“War Against D.C. Drivers” is Much Ado About Nothing

A recent headline in Washington D.C.’s Examiner newspaper raged, “D.C. Waging War Against Drivers.” It cited the District’s Sustainable DC plan, released February 20 by Mayor Vincent Gray, as an example of how this “war” starts at the top. While the Examiner’s headline (below) was full of sound and fury, the article’s content was, in the …

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Jeff Speck Illuminates Many Dividends of a Walkable City

Urban planners have long proselytized about the preferability of urban forms of development over suburban sprawl. But it wasn’t until fairly recently that the market caught up with their sermonizing. Urban planner Jeff Speck, who will be speaking at a Mobility Lab event on April 18, has written a new book called Walkable City: How Downtown Can …

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Strategies Detailed to Remedy DC’s Affordable-Housing Crisis

Lack of affordable housing is an unintended consequence of a region’s success, and can certainly be seen in the Washington D.C. metro area. As the public demand for walkable neighborhoods has increased, low- to moderate-income residents are being priced out of those neighborhoods. And unfortunately, the public policy regarding housing affordability in the United States …

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