Understanding the basics behind transportation choices Understanding the basics behind transportation choices
Understanding the basics behind transportation choices
Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes? Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?
Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?
Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits
Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits
What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years? What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?
What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?
Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments
Curing a hospital's transportation ailments

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

Mar
7
Tue
2017
Transportation Techies: Capital Bikeshare Hack Night VII @ WeWork Wonder Bread Factory
Mar 7 @ 6:00 PM

From event page:

CaBi Hack Night is a show & tell of apps and data visualizations about Capital Bikeshare. Are you a programmer who has built something CaBi-related? Apps, hacks, dataviz, maps etc are all welcome. Sign up by contacting Michael. Thus far we have:

Here’s what’s been presented at previous CaBiHackNights:

We are thrilled to be returning to WeWork at the Wonderbread Factory. And once again we will be welcoming attendees of the National Bike Summit, the conference put on by the League of American Bicyclists.

Doors open at 6:30, with speakers starting at 7:00.

Our hashtag is #cabihacknight. As always, stay tuned to @techiesdc for updates.

Please RSVP on Meetup.

Mar
13
Mon
2017
SXSW Panel: How to “Uber-ize” public transit to save it @ South by Southwest 2017
Mar 13 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Stay tuned for more information closer to the event.

What do ridesharing apps, autonomous vehicles and outdated infrastructure have in common? According to some, all are contributing factors to the ultimate demise of public transit. With big changes to the transportation landscape underway, what does this mean for public transit and the future of mobility? Does mass transit even stand a chance of surviving, much less thriving?

The answer lies in optimizing multi-modal transit and creating the best path for riders’ entire journey across all options. By taking a user-first approach that Uber and others have successfully implemented, transit providers can blow up the barriers that keep people from using mass transit in the first place.

Questions

  1. Why is the future of transit a multimodal one – and what does Elon Musk’s master plan get right and wrong about mobility?
  2. How can auto-oriented towns and cities develop a new blueprint for moving around a city?
  3. What’s the future of mobility look like on university campuses–and how does campus safety factor into current transit planning?

Speakers

Apr
11
Tue
2017
Transportation Techies: Bus Hack Night II @ Jackson Graham Building
Apr 11 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

From the event page:

Let’s talk about bus technologies and ways to use data collected from buses. Doors open at 6:30 (with pizza !), and speakers will start at 7:00.

Contact Michael if you have a project to share – anything bus-related that was built with code (app, hacks, data visualizations, maps, etc).

So far we have:

Many thanks to all our sponsors: MapZen for providing the food, WMATA for letting us use their venue, and, as always, to everyone at Mobility Lab.

Bus Hack Night I was way back in April, 2014. Pix here.

Our hashtag is #bushacknight. As always, stay tuned to @techiesdc for updates.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP on the Meetup page here.

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Mobility Lab Research

Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments

Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments


February 16, 2017    Wendy Duren

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Virginia Hospital Center is a leading medical services provider and one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, providing 24/7 healthcare across two campuses. Over the years, the size of VHC’s facilities and the number of staff have grown considerably. That growth has provided the hospital with… Read more »

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 »

External Research

Understanding the basics behind transportation choices

Understanding the basics behind transportation choices


February 24, 2017    Angela Urban

When it comes to transportation choices, people generally do what is best for themselves. Understanding what factors influence people’s decisions can help the transportation industry and advocates better show the benefits of different transportation options that address different components of motivations. What motivates someone to bike, or drive, or use transit? As the industry looks… Read more »

What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?

What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?


February 17, 2017    Angela Urban

At TransportationCamp DC, the Mobility Lab-sponsored unconference held in Arlington, Va., transportation professionals, advocates, and enthusiasts gather each year to discuss and learn about the pressing topics of the day. We put together this back-of-the-envelope analysis to see if we could discern any trends in topics and modes being discussed in the events’ sessions. Due… Read more »

New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets

New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets


January 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

Ever since the car began dominating the way people move throughout the United States, bicycling and walking have become often dangerous and shunted propositions. Decades later, more engineers, planners, and developers are understanding the importance of rethinking the car-centered designs of roads in order to mitigate the dangers they pose for pedestrians. Today, Smart Growth… Read more »

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016


December 23, 2016    Adam Russell

From tiny data-gathering initiatives to widespread carpooling ideas, here are our 10 most-read articles from the past year. 1. The yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders Swedish company Hovding, makers of the explosively inflating bike helmet, paired with the London Cyclists Campaign to create a simple button that cyclists could use to record… Read more »