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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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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.”

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Crowd control: Simulating congestion in the D.C. Metro

The D.C. Metro system and its hundreds of thousands of daily riders are routinely tested with singletracking, delays, and train breakdowns. In its fifth Metro Hack Night last week, members of the Transportation Techies Meetup group presented a number of ways to track and communicate these disruptions, from fires to inaccurate arrival predictions. Congestion modeling,… 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 »