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American Cities’ Biggest Transportation Innovation is Decidedly Low-Tech

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

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American cities are adding bus and bike lanes, implementing bikeshare systems, and creating public plazas and miniature parks at a rapid pace.

Urban streets, long the domain of automobiles, are increasingly being reclaimed by and for the people, a change that amounts to the biggest transportation innovation in recent years, according to a new report by TransitCenter.

“A People’s History of Recent Transportation Innovation” details how strong alignment among local civic organizations, city leadership, and transportation agencies has yielded enduring changes in regional transportation systems.

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Behind the Scenes of Arlington’s Bike and Pedestrian Innovations

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

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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 districts, came away with new ideas to encourage biking and walking, and with the impression that Arlington is an innovative county unafraid to experiment.

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Bikesharing, Carsharing Discussed at Mobility Summit

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[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 10, 2014]

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Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems.

The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How Local Governments are Using Innovation to Complete Multimodal Transportation Systems,” that localities are primarily focused on the bikesharing and car-sharing elements of the transportation sharing economy.

These shared-use modes tend to be excellent at filling in the gaps and extending the reach of current regional transit systems.

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