New sources of data are reshaping transportation planning New sources of data are reshaping transportation planning
New sources of data are reshaping transportation planning
Even in Silicon Valley, people need to be educated about transportation options Even in Silicon Valley, people need to be educated about transportation options
Even in Silicon Valley, people need to be educated about transportation options
Unique express bus service fills a transit gap between Denver and Boulder Unique express bus service fills a transit gap between Denver and Boulder
Unique express bus service fills a transit gap between Denver and Boulder
Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options
Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options
Communicating transportation options, on “Talking Headways” podcast Communicating transportation options, on “Talking Headways” podcast
Communicating transportation options, on "Talking Headways" podcast

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

Jul
27
Wed
2016
Webinar: Harnessing Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking
Jul 27 @ 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar featuring Mobility Lab’s communication director Paul Mackie:

We are in a time of rapid change when it comes to using data to understand and improve health and safety. Join this webinar to learn how data can be used to inform and support Safe Routes to School initiatives. Hear from speakers about the importance of data, learn about ways in which data is becoming more accessible and useable to communities, and be inspired by innovative uses of data across the country.

SPEAKERS:

  • Erin Barbaro, Strategic Director, Institute for People, Place and Possibility
  • Michelle Lieberman, Technical Assistance Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Paul Mackie, Communications Director, Mobility Lab
  • Nick Sims, Assistant Vice President, Early Childhood Education and Healthy Communities, United Way of Central Alabama

Click here to register.

Aug
2
Tue
2016
Transportation Techies: Portland Show & Tell @ Hilton Portland
Aug 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

From the event page:

Hello, Portland! Interested in open data, software, mapping, and transportation? We’re meeting in Portland for the first time, with a showcase of bike- and transit- projects made by Portland’s coolest coders.

The Association for Commuter Transportation is providing us a meeting space in conjunction with the 2016 ACT Conference. (You do not need to register for the conference in order to attend our meetup, but please do RSVP via Meetup.) We’ll be in the Parlor Room of the Hilton Portland.

Doors open at 6:00 with snacks courtesy of our sponsor, Arlington, VA’s Mobility Lab. Presentations start at 6:30; we’ll wrap up by 8:30. We invite folks to mingle afterwards until 9:00.

Our speakers thus far are:

If you plan on attending, please RSVP on Meetup here. Stay tuned to @techiesdc for updates.

Aug
3
Wed
2016
Session: Communicating Success in the TDM Industry @ Hilton Portland, Galleria North room
Aug 3 @ 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie will be speaking in one of the sessions at the Association for Commuter Transportation annual conference in Portland, Ore. For more information on the conference, visit www.actconf.org.

From the event page:

The TDM industry has lacked a story that connects with people throughout the U.S. on an emotional level. Every industry that has ever been disruptive and broken through to mass audiences has done it through storytelling and creating images that inspire. This should be easy for TDM. We have bicycling, walking, trains, buses, carpooling in community, working from home, and so much more at our disposal. How can we all make a difference through improved communications?

Speaker : Michael Bulthuis , Public Outreach Coordinator and Rideshare Manager, The Rapid
Speaker : Nicole Guernsey , TransLoc
Speaker : Paul Mackie , Communications Director, Mobility Lab

Aug
18
Thu
2016
Transportation Techies: Playing with Traffic II @ WeWork Crystal City
Aug 18 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

From the event page:

Coders and commuting: how do apps change the way we drive? This month we’ll hear from tech companies with apps that help people share the road. Ride-sharing is caring! We’ll meet on the 12th floor of WeWork’s new Crystal City location. Doors open at 6:00 with pizza courtesy of our sponsor Mobility Lab. Presentations start at 6:30.

  • Anna Petrone will present how Split is building a scalable and efficient shared ride system.
  • Andriy Klymchuk will show how Sameride was created, a mobile app for communities of commuters.
  • Numaan Akram from Rally will show how their technology connects riders to vans & buses for trips that vary as widely as your daily commute to the Super Bowl.
  • Prachi Vakharia will show how RideAmigos integrates transportation network companies into city planning.
  • Jay Subramaniam will talk about Getaround‘s software and hardware technologies.
  • Antonio Zugaldia will present Mapbox Drive and show how to use it to build your own ridesharing app.

Contact Michael if you have a project you’d like to share.

If you plan on coming, please RSVP on Meetup.

 

 

Aug
25
Thu
2016
Innovate Raleigh Summit
Aug 25 @ 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Summit16_pressThe annual Innovate Raleigh event will bring together entrepreneurs, business executives, local officials, educators, and students to discuss ideas along the theme of “Placemaking, Sustainability + Transportation.” Mobility Lab’s  Paul Mackie and Ashley Robbins will both present sessions on the impact of transportation options on communities.

See the schedule below, and purchase tickets at the above link.

**Session One | Bottom Line Benefits
Bonny Moellenbrock, Executive Director of Investors’ Circle, will open up the Summit with a presentation about the bottom line benefits of sustainable and socially conscious business and investing ethically.

**Session Two | Smart Cities on the Move
Paul Mackie, Communications Director of Mobility Lab, will discuss initiatives from the Triangle and around the country that allow cities and businesses to improve traffic, the environment and quality of life.

**Session Three | Community Grows Where Public Transportation Goes
Ashley Robbins, Research Analyst with Mobility Lab and Editor of the Streetsblog Southeast. , will lead a panel discussion on how community members and leaders can work together to bring equity to the transportation conversation.

Featuring:
Dr. Roberta Abdul-Salaam, MARTA Board Member, Founder/President Friends of Clayton Transit
Eric Lamb, Manager, City of Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning
Joe Milazzo, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA)
Josh Cohen, Director of Strategy and Partnerships, TransLoc

**Keynote | John Replogle
John Replogle took the reins of the green-cleaning pioneer Seventh Generation in March of 2011. Replogle previously spent five years at Burt’s Bees as Chief Executive Officer and President. He is credited with leading the company’s deepened commitment to human and environmental well-being through the development of a business model called The Greater Good, embracing the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit. Prior experience includes leadership roles at Unilever, Guinness and BCG. John is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.

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Mobility Lab Research

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options


July 13, 2016    Paul Mackie

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

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 »

External Research

Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again

Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again


July 8, 2016    Paul Mackie

How do we get back to a simpler time, when kids physically exerted themselves on the way to school by bicycling or walking, and in the process made themselves healthier, more attentive in class, and happier? Believe it or not, one answer may be with technology. Through accessible and usable data, advocates can use fact-based priorities… Read more »

Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says

Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says


June 29, 2016    Paul Mackie

Commute survey also shows telework increasing, with potential for more Virginia is seeing several trends that offer encouragement to areas racked with congestion, according to the recently released 2015 Virginia Statewide Travel Study. “Overall, between 2007 and 2015, use of transit increased by 33 percent, even though people didn’t perceive that there was an increase in transit… Read more »

Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?

Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?


June 23, 2016    Jon Wergin

Part 3 of a study of Capital Bikeshare GPS data This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Read part two, which examines infrastructure usage, and part one, which looks at trip distances and times…. Read more »

Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?

Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?


June 22, 2016    Jon Wergin

Part 2 of a study of Capital Bikeshare GPS data This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Read part one, which examines general attributes of trips, here. As shown in the previous post, GPS… Read more »