July 2012

Community Design
TDM History featured

“Riding Alone” is a Hard Habit to Break, But Well Worth Trying

Monday, July 30, 2012 2:49 PM

“When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!” It was the tagline on a provocative government-backed poster that kicked off the history of a profession that is focused on getting people out of the habit of driving alone and showing that there are better, healthier, and more efficient and fun options. World War II, in […]

by Paul Mackie
Olympics featured

Olympic Flame Will Hopefully Burn Calories From UK’s Obesity Rate

Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:33 PM

The 2012 Summer Olympics is a great opportunity to educate the world on the dangers of obesity. The host country England, along with the U.S., are two of the most obese nations in the world. They are also, interestingly, both pretty low on the “active transportation” scale, as highlighted in this chart. In London’s sprawling […]

by Paul Mackie
Congestion sign

Federal Transportation Bill Funds at Static 80/20 Highway/Transit Split

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:33 PM

I’ve been reading a lot about the recent passage of the federal transportation bill. The more and more I read, the more amazed I am at how little we spend to maintain, repair, and replace our country’s aging and outdated infrastructure. The best layman’s break-down of funding I’ve found comes from Dan Malouff, a planner […]

by Paul Mackie
Bike Showers and Parking featured

Want Your Employees to Stay Healthier? Invest in Showers and Bike Parking

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 4:06 PM

Employees in the Washington D.C. region are more likely to bicycle to work if they have access to showers and bike parking, according to a new article in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Seems logical to me. One of the best parts about bicycling, especially on these unbearably hot Washington D.C. […]

by Paul Mackie
Pop Culture
Actor Will Arnett Bikes Through Tribeca

Mobility Celebrities Embrace Bikes (Yay), But Set Bad Examples

Monday, July 23, 2012 1:31 PM

It’s wonderful that bicycling for the purpose of commuting, saving gas, not polluting, and staying physically fit is taking on a life of its own, especially in traffic-congested places like New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Portland. And more and more celebrities are heeding the call to bike, hence our new regular feature […]

by Paul Mackie
Economic Prosperity
Brookings suburb featured

Employers Will Need to Shift Job Opportunities as Suburb Demographics Change

Monday, July 23, 2012 11:53 AM

Transportation is a fundamental requirement of human life. That’s why a new report about “the suburbanization of jobs” from the Brookings Institution is so disheartening. It finds that “the typical job is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. The suburbanization of jobs obstructs transit’s […]

by Paul Mackie
How To
Telework Gen X featured

Telework Series Part 4: Earn an Extra $8,000 Per Year!

Friday, July 20, 2012 1:21 PM

This is the last in a four-part series about the state of telework. The previous installments are here, here, and here. This part looks at the various signs of hope for telework’s future. The series is based on my interview with Chuck Wilsker, who is a member of The Mobility Collaborative, consisting of some of […]

by Paul Mackie
Pop Culture
batman-on-bike featured

Mobility Celebrities: The Dark Knight Rides Again

Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:08 PM

In honor of tomorrow’s opening of The Dark Knight Rises, the summer’s biggest movie blockbuster opening, here we have Batman and pals biking to save the world. Good to see they’ve realized that biking through traffic can often be a huge time-saver! And below is another great Batman-on-a-bike rendering courtesy of the Mike Joos Mountain […]

by Paul Mackie
How To
Telework Yoga featured

Telework Series Part 3: Gas Prices Are No Longer an Issue

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 5:58 PM

This is the third in a four-part series about the state of telework. Parts 1 and 2 are here and here. This part looks at how telework relates to gas prices, and the final part will examine various signs of hope for telework’s future. The series is based on my interview with Chuck Wilsker, who […]

by Paul Mackie
NYC Bike Rentals featured

Top 10 Trends for Getting Around New York City

Monday, July 16, 2012 2:04 PM

On a vacation with my family to New York City this past weekend, I noticed many more nice ways to get around care-free than there has been in years past. The sheer amount of bicyclists was clearly the most obvious trend, and the city appears very geared up and ready for the Citi Bike bikeshare program launch […]

by Paul Mackie