Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cuts solo driving with employee programs Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cuts solo driving with employee programs
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cuts solo driving with employee programs
Mobile ticketing bringing versatility, connections to transit systems Mobile ticketing bringing versatility, connections to transit systems
Mobile ticketing bringing versatility, connections to transit systems
Barcelona’s “superblock” plan to return dedicated car space to the public Barcelona’s “superblock” plan to return dedicated car space to the public
Barcelona's "superblock" plan to return dedicated car space to the public
College Park’s mBike brings accessible bikeshare to the region College Park’s mBike brings accessible bikeshare to the region
College Park's mBike brings accessible bikeshare to the region
WMATA’s SafeTrack program will put regional TDM efforts to the test WMATA’s SafeTrack program will put regional TDM efforts to the test
WMATA’s SafeTrack program will put regional TDM efforts to the test

Mobility Lab is the source of research and best practices for advocates working to increase awareness about better transportation options.

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Upcoming Events

May
24
Tue
2016
Virginia Transit Association Transit Conference and Bus Expo @ Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
May 24 – May 25 all-day

Paul Mackie, Mobility Lab communications director, will lead a session on “Technology, TDM, and the Integrated Customer Experience” on Wednesday, May 25 from 10:00 a.m. to  10:45 a.m.

He will facilitate discussion about ways transportation agencies throughout the state can introduce and enhance ways that transit customer experiences can go beyond simply the ride. TDM is the perfect umbrella under which to place often-underutilizied and critical efforts such as public education and outreach programs, lifestyle storytelling, and technology.

Full agenda and registration.

Jun
4
Sat
2016
TransportationCamp Midwest @ Mid-America Regional Council
Jun 4 all-day

Stay tuned to the event page for further details. Registration is not yet open.

Jun
8
Wed
2016
TU-Automotive Detroit @ Suburban Collection Showplace
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day

TU-Automotive gives attendees an in-depth look at the future of the connected car, covering telematics, autonomous vehicles and mobility. Topics include:

  • AI Changes the Game: From infotainment to safety services; harness the awesome power of machine learning to transform the car into an accident free, personal companion
  • Embrace Cybersecurity: Collaboration, standards, ISAC’s – the foundations have been laid. Now take action to mitigate the risk to your products, customers and future of auto
  • Smart Car Meets Smart World: Reimagine vehicle design, HMI and UX as the car plugs into the home, city and ‘things’
  • Ready for Robot Drivers?: With rapid developments in sensors, software and silicon, can we skip straight to Level 4? Or do consumers and gov’t need more convincing of the reliability of SDCs?
  • The Auto ‘Access Economy’: Rip up the rule book on vehicle sales, insurance and industry partnerships! Create a smart mobility blueprint for auto brands in the on-demand world

See more at tu-auto.com/detroit.

Jun
26
Sun
2016
TransportationCamp Texas 2016 @ Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
Jun 26 @ 9:00 AM

From organizers:

TransportationCamp Texas 2016, a partnership with the American Society Civil Engineers and the Houston and Austin Chapters of the Young Professionals in Transportation, aims to bring together diverse views and perspectives on pressing transportation issues in Texas. The event will take place on Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016, the first day of the ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development’s Spring conference in Houston, Texas. By hosting TransportationCamp at their semi-annual conference, YPT and ASCE are helping to create a unique TransportationCamp atmosphere, where technologists, transportation advocates, and users can come together in open conversation with the operators of Texas’ transportation providers.

Though it will take place during a conference, the event will be run as a standard “unconference” — sessions will be proposed on the day of the event, and will range in transportation topics based on the interest of the attendees.

Transportation Camp Texas will be held at the Omni Houston Galleria hotel located in Houston, Texas, beginning at 10 AM on June 26, 2016 (coffee and networking begin at 9 AM). Coffee will be included in the registration fee of $25, but guests will be expected to provide lunch on their own.

Registration is now open, at asce-ictd.org/transportationcamp.

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Mobility Lab Research

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?


April 11, 2016    Adam Russell

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand…. Read more »

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington


March 17, 2016    Stephen Crim

Last month, the District Department of Transportation released a map, broken down by census tract, of how many people commuted by bike in Northwest D.C. as part of its presentation on a proposed protected bike lane in Shaw. In a blog post over at BikeArlington, our Research Director Stephen Crim took a similar look at Arlington County’s commuting habits… Read more »

Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare

Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare


August 26, 2015    Jason Hardin

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about… Read more »

How Capital Bikeshare members use system is becoming clearer

How Capital Bikeshare members use system is becoming clearer


April 21, 2015    Paul Mackie

Since Capital Bikeshare’s previous surveys in 2011 and 2012, members of the Washington D.C. region’s bikeshare program have grown a little older, become more widespread throughout the region (rather than simply being from the urban core), and become more prominently affluent white males. This latest survey (see the full survey and executive summary here) –… Read more »

External Research

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network


May 5, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

How do car-dominated streets inform how people use bikeshare? How can we estimate the purpose behind certain bikeshare trips? New tools to help planners and the community answer some of these daunting questions, as well as to best visualize Capital Bikeshare usage across the Washington, D.C., region, debuted at the recent “CaBi Hack Night” installment of… Read more »

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions


April 25, 2016    Matt Caywood

Displays make the process of taking transit easier A longer version of this post originally appeared on the TransitScreen blog. There’s a trillion-dollar trend called the ‘Internet of Things” – simply put, adding small computers to physical objects, and connecting everything together over the internet so useful information can be collected. When a recent McKinsey… Read more »

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says


March 21, 2016    Adam Russell

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bikeshare bike can tell you: they are hardy, aluminum tanks on two wheels. But does that translate to an inherently safer experience on the street, especially when many casual riders are likely unfamiliar with a city’s bike infrastructure? A recent study from the Mineta Transportation Institute determined that yes, bikeshare systems… Read more »

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture


February 24, 2016    Paul Mackie

Maria Hernandez, from Montgomery County, Maryland, was always afraid she wouldn’t know how to use public transportation. But since deciding to learn, she rejoices in being “able to relax, read a book, and enjoy the scenery – which you really can’t do when you’re driving.” No doubt Hernandez is onto something that has been very… Read more »