Mobility Lab is always looking for new contributors and stories about transportation options. If you have article you would like to share, please contact managing editor Adam Russell for more information.
What is Mobility Lab?
Mobility Lab is a civic engagement and research program, part of Arlington County Commuter Services, funded by Arlington County and the Virginia Department of Transportation. It focuses on original research about transportation demand management efforts, sharing stories and best practices to increase understanding and funding for the TDM industry nationwide. For more, see our “about us” page.
We are also close partners – and share office space with – Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, WalkArlington, Arlington Transportation Partners, and goDCgo.
Why contribute to Mobility Lab?
Mobility Lab has grown from a website with a few writers towards its vision of being a widespread source of TDM lessons and best practices. Currently, more than 100 contributors have covered topics as wide-ranging as health, technology, economics, development, and even pop culture as they related to TDM.
Who shares with Mobility Lab?
Mobility Lab is always looking for the right contributors. These may either be individuals within the transportation planning or TDM fields looking for an outlet, or representatives of relevant organizations. We are also happy to share stories from existing, related blogs and websites looking to expand their reach and audience.
What to share with Mobility Lab?
The best articles for the site are generally stories about people finding ways to get out of their drive-alone car trips and into a more efficient mode of commuting or traveling. These can be anecdotal or research-based. Mobility Lab focuses on the ways, in Arlington County and across the country, in which communities can lower barriers to biking, walking, carpooling, and taking transit.
Discussing the return on investment of transportation behavior changes, such as metrics about cost savings, modeshare, and other data, are especially useful. Other popular frameworks include case studies of employers working to encourage non-driving transportation options to employees, or profiles of creators of new technologies that improve the process of commuting and taking public transportation.
Articles should follow a general blog post format, meaning brevity is preferred and the main point should be clearly stated at the beginning. Generally, articles should be between 500 and 800 words, with 1000 as a maximum. Visualizations, maps, charts, and relevant photos are also welcome. Mobility Lab follows general AP style guidelines, and will proof and edit your draft to ensure consistency.
Who is the audience?
Our general audience includes TDM professionals, transportation planners, government employees in related fields, employers, and readers interested in urban policy issues. Beyond our homepage, we share articles through:
- Mobility Lab Express, a free, twice-monthly newsletter
- Mobility Lab Daily newsletter, a daily roundup of the best articles across the web related to TDM
- Twitter and Facebook followers
- Regular events, which range from national and regional summits, the annual “unconference” TransportationCamp DC to the Transportation Techies Meetup group
- Media relations with local and national outlets
What does Mobility Lab need to start sharing your post?
- Relevant content either originally prepared for Mobility Lab or re-published with links back to your original content
- If you represent an organization, you will need to designate a contributor (more than one contributor may make sense). All articles must have at least one author.
- A small headshot and one-sentence biography of the contributor.
Adam Russell, managing editor