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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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Cubic, Mastercard study shows shift to transit, shared services from New York promotion

Cubic’s Urban Insights group and Mastercard collaborated on a request from New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez to measure the impact of Car Free Day NYC held in April. The one-day event resulted in an increase of more than 30,000 riders than the season’s daily average on the MTA subway, and public data for other… Read more »

Transportation Techies: Metro Hack Night VI

When: December 14, 2016 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: WMATA HQ, 600 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Please RSVP on Meetup here. It’s our only way to see how many are attending and plan accordingly. Metro Hack Night is a show & tell of Metro-related apps and data visualizations. We are thrilled… Read more »

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Predicting future use, connecting communities with Capital Bikeshare data

Capital Bikeshare’s open data is an invaluable tool that allows programmers and researchers to contribute to and learn from the system, making biking more accessible to residents and visitors in the Washington, D.C., area. At November’s Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup, CaBi Hack Night VI, programmers and Capital Bikeshare users presented tools they developed to improve… Read more »

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An integrated perspective on the future of mobility

The way people move around the urban environment is primed for dramatic change. A new report, An integrated perspective on the future of mobility, a collaboration between Bloomberg New Energy Finance and McKinsey, explores how a number of existing social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility at the local level. Getting mobility right… Read more »

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From routes to reality: Improving biking data with better context

Adding context to existing datasets can play a significant role in improving the bicycling experience. That was the takeaway from the most recent Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies’ Bike Hack Night VI. Programmers and advocates presented and listened to a handful of bike-themed show-and-tells under the impending threat of rain at REI’s space at Wunder Garten,… Read more »

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How to get inventive transportation projects right early on

In 2013, the city of Nice, France, launched an ambitious “smart parking” service that allowed drivers to find available parking spaces in real-time through a smartphone app. In order for the system to work, the city paid 10 million euros (or about $11.3 million USD) to install hundreds of sensors next to parking spaces, as… 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.”