Energizing People to Reimagine Our Cities

Arlington County government agencies produce some pretty cool stuff. I'm not the creator of the below video, but I found it randomly, recently, and it was created during my tenure as a contractor at Mobility Lab. The time period in which this video was produced I consider a "golden period" for Arlington County, in which …

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Humans Only in Times Square

Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Will Make its Taxi Disruption Look Quaint

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make …

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Capital Bikeshare

The Good and the Bad of the Capital Bikeshare Member Survey

Capital Bikeshare’s 2014 Member Survey indicates that even as Washington D.C.’s bikeshare service has grown by leaps and bounds, its users have become older, whiter, and wealthier. Most company executives would be happy enough with these demographics. Wealthy customers? Yes please. Washington’s business community, in fact, was a tough sell on this new transit option. …

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A full bikeshare corral

Unlimited Bikeshare Parking? Yeah, We Got That.

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off …

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A Bikeshare Station on Every Corner?

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that's going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it's a good idea in the first place. NACTO's report, released April …

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Two Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

Americans took a record 10.75 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, according to annual ridership statistics released this month by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is up from 10.65 billion trips in 2013, with the number of trips outpacing population growth. In a year of low gasoline prices, the increase is welcome news for …

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Cash Bikeshare Memberships as a Way to Address Equity

The new year is seeing a new way for Arlington County residents to obtain Capital Bikeshare memberships: with cash. The pilot program, called Arlington Resident Cash Membership, begins this week. It is intended to bring the membership service to the “unbanked” residents of the county. Despite Capital Bikeshare‘s huge success — it routinely competes with New York’s …

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Shared-Use Mobility and Low-Income Americans

The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? They could do better, according to …

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Bike Parking Overtakes Auto Parking in Some Places

At a recent tour of Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ted Eytan displayed a photograph of Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Springs, Colorado medical office (see below), and asked: “In this picture, what’s the most toxic structure to humans?” You might guess the correct answer was the office building, or the carbon dioxide-emitting automobile. But …

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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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