Paul Mackie

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Paul is Communications Director at Mobility Lab. For the eight years prior to joining Mobility Lab, he was Climate Change Communications Director at The Nature Conservancy and Director of Media Relations at the World Resources Institute, where he worked on better transportation options as part of the Institute’s EMBARQ work.

He has also been a daily newspaper journalist at various outlets in the St. Louis area; a freelancer for the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, and other media organizations; and a writer at the National Association of Counties. Paul obtained his master’s degree in media studies and political science from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s in English literature and journalism from Southern Illinois University.

He enjoys writing at his personal blog Pop Culture Lunch Box, tennis and other sports, playing and listening to music, and traveling with his wife Rachel, son Jackson, and daughter Zoey. His first car was a Chevy Chevette. Now he bikes 8.5 miles to work. And his bike is a lot nicer than the Chevette.

Answers to Transportation Ills Need to Come from Unexpected Funding

This is the second of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looked at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 examines ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding. The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect […]

Disrupting Mobility Now, Not in Some Distant Future

At the Disrupting Mobility 2015 Summit, Paul DeLong of car2go said he’s sick of fighting with wife about missing his kids grow up because of the horrendous traffic between work in downtown Austin and his home 17 miles north of the city. “The more people talk about this and the more we can tell this […]

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government. Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to […]

To Take Back Our Streets, Remember How We Lost Them to Cars

Children may again someday walk or bike to their schools and their friends’ houses, but to get to that point historian and author Peter Norton says we’ll have to unlearn much of what the auto industry has taught us over the past century. “Children’s mobility has been neglected. We have seen the future GM and […]

Carsharing Growing Around the World with More User-Friendly Options

Carsharing, which is projected in a new report to grow globally by about sixfold by 2024, is beginning to look like a reliable transportation option in places like the Washington D.C. region and beyond. “The U.S. has fewer cities than Europe with comprehensive public transit services, which is usually – but not always – a […]

Mobility Lab Express #70 – September 15, 2015

It’s truly fascinating these days to see so many cities and companies racing to improve the transportation choices increasingly available to all of us.It seems there’s a “first” each and every week. Indianapolis has just committed $6 million to BlueIndy (alongside $41 million from a French carsharing company and $3 million from Indianapolis Power and Light […]

Bicycling in Cleveland is Easy, Fun, and Something Everyone Should Try

What do General Motors, Samsung, and Duke and Ohio State universities all have in common? They have each launched bikeshare systems in the past year brought to them by Zagster, a private, venture-funded startup that launched as CityRyde back in 2007 in Philadelphia. Visiting Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Content Marketing World conference, I […]

Mobility Lab Express #69 – September 1, 2015

UberPool. Lyft Line. Bridj. Sidecar. Carma. Split. Social Bicycles. Vectus. RideAmigos. car2go. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Mobility Lab Express #69 – September 1, 2015

Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. Co-sponsored by WalkArlington, the event featured a handful of innovators speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more […]

Mobility Lab Express #68 – August 15, 2015

Even in the doldrums of summer here in Arlington, Virginia, where Mobility Lab is based, there is still cool stuff going on with our Transportation Techies. Just a year-and-a-half old, the quickly expanding group has mostly met in Arlington and next-door Washington D.C., but it recently took its first journey to Baltimore. It’s a safe […]