Watch and learn: What transit agencies can pick up from other industries Watch and learn: What transit agencies can pick up from other industries
Watch and learn: What transit agencies can pick up from other industries
Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing
Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing
Car-centric data encourages car-centric transportation planning Car-centric data encourages car-centric transportation planning
Car-centric data encourages car-centric transportation planning
Last chance to comment: Proposed USDOT rules would likely harm communities Last chance to comment: Proposed USDOT rules would likely harm communities
Last chance to comment: Proposed USDOT rules would likely harm communities
Experiencing the national parks all too often means taking a car Experiencing the national parks all too often means taking a car
Experiencing the national parks all too often means taking a car

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Sep
7
Wed
2016
Transportation Techies: Bike Hack Night VI @ REI Community Space @ Wunder Garten
Sep 7 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

From the event page. Please RSVP there if you plan on attending:

Bike Hack Night is a show & tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets. We are thrilled to be co-sponsored by REI, which has invited us to the REI Community Space at Wunder Garten as part of the #unitedoutside celebration. And thanks to co-sponsor Mobility Lab for making this event possible. Doors open at 6:00; REI will be providing s’mores, and beer will be available for purchase. Speakers will begin at 6:30.

Our speakers are:

  • Ryan Abrahamsen will show how Terrain360 maps bike trails to panoramic images.
  • Justin Molineaux of Baas Bikes will show how smartphones can create low-cost, data-rich bikeshare systems.
  • Tom Lee will show how he collected bike safety data using ultrasonic sensors, ESP8266 wifi microcontrollers and smartphones.
  • Eric Brelsford will show you how to get your city’s bike lanes into OpenStreetMap and talk about why you would want to.
  • Darren Buck and James Graham will present DDOT‘s new GIS street data, and bicycling Level of Traffic Stress analysis.
  • Kate Rabinowitz will dig into Bike to Work Day 2016, By the Numbers.
  • Alexandra Ulsh will show how DCFemTech built a map for WABAshowing proximity to bike infrastructure.

See what happened at Bike Hack Night V:  Piecing together data to improve biking in DC.

Our hashtag is #bikehacknight. Follow @techiesdc for “Transportation Techies” updates.

(And don’t forget Playing with Traffic II is Thursday, August 18.)

Sep
24
Sat
2016
TransportationCamp NYC @ City College of New York, Shepard Hall
Sep 24 @ 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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TransportationCamp NYC 2016 will foster open conversation and collaboration between all parties interested in mobility and the radical changes the near-future promises in transportation.

Our goal is to assemble planners, software developers, engineers, students, dreamers, and professionals for an exciting day of “un-conferencing.” Unlike a traditional conference, the specific session topics are determined by participants, which provides each attendee an opportunity to lead and shape the event.

Registration

Registration for TransportationCamp NYC 2016 is now open. Tickets are limited, so get yours now!

General admission is $25, and students attend free!

Here’s what you get for $25:

  • Full day of TransportationCamp NYC
  • Breakfast, lunch, and midday refreshments at Camp
  • Admission to additional events over the Camp weekend
  • New friends and memories for a lifetime!

If you have any questions, reach out at nyc@transportationcamp.org or at@transpocamp. See you September 24, 2016!

 

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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 »