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Bikeshare GPS insights highlight stark differences across types of trips

A sample of Capital Bikeshare GPS trip data offers a unique look into rider behaviors 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. Most bikeshare programs generate a wealth of data about their trips—where they… Read more »

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Boosting Boulder B-cycle with data insights and visualizations

And other news from Transportation Techies Boulder B-Cycle, the city’s bikeshare system, is looking to expand its ridership base. While it has doubled the number of annual rides between 2014 and 2015, from 43,000 to 84,000, the Daily Camera reports the 300-bike, five-year-old system  “is only operating at a fraction of its capacity.” However, an… Read more »

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The Future of Transportation: Key Insights From TransportationCamp DC 2014

What are the most cutting-edge transportation experts around the U.S. excited about? Find their answers in this video – the first of several we’ll be releasing – from this month’s TransportationCamp DC 2014 at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus. As Chris Hamilton of Arlington County Commuter Services says, “We’ve got the best minds in… Read more »

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Transit industry could look to an unlikely source for marketing inspiration: automakers

Automakers have always been one of the envies of the marketing world. They sold us on cars over horses. They sold us on how we should think bicycling and walking are abnormal compared to driving. Mobility Lab is a media sponsor at the 16th Annual TU-Automotive Detroit conference in Novi, Mich., which bills itself as the oldest existing yearly… Read more »

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cuts solo driving with employee programs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is renowned for helping people lead healthy, productive lives. And at its headquarters in Seattle, the foundation encourages its employees to adopt healthy transportation and commuting habits. All full-time commuters at the foundation benefit from an internal transportation program. Established in 2011 by Bree Moore, the foundation’s transportation and life… Read more »

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Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

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 »

Mobility Lab Express #81 – Live from WMATA

Agencies that create opportunities for cooperation with stakeholders and riders stand to benefit from these learning experiences. That’s why it was heartening for Mobility Lab’s Transportation Techies group to hold its Metro Hack Night from within the WMATA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., where the agency announced it would begin releasing real-time data on where… Read more »

Mobility Lab in the News

Roanoke Times digital editor Stephanie Ogilvie (@smogilvie) rounded up the best tweets/Instagrams from 2014 CityWorks (X)po, held Oct. 2-4 in Roanoke, Va. What is (X)po? “An interactive summit of people involved in and passionate about the work of creating vibrant, dynamic, wonderful communities.”

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Mobility Lab Express #77 – Year in Review

In 2015, our most popular articles ranged from wide commentary on the transportation industry to smaller, local initiatives expanding options in and around Arlington, Va. Many of our contributors sought to address some of the major unknowns that currently face the transportation industry, especially as demographic shifts bring more people to urban areas. What role… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Safer streets with better data

Washington, D.C.-area traffic safety has improved significantly over the past few years, but there is still room for more progress. In the most recent installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored group Transportation Techies, Playing with Traffic, presenters offered their insights for making our streets safer and more efficient for people. According to new data from the Metropolitan… Read more »