Paul Mackie 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.
The new Silver Line connects the economically-crucial Dulles Corridor in Northern Virginia with the rest of the region by Metrorail. With Phase I complete, a rider can reach five new stations leading out to Reston, Virginia. One stop before the Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line to the five new stops is the […]
Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out […]
Yes, Virginia Interstate 66 is a mess. Commuters are right to decry the congestion along this stretch of interstate, where travel times from Northern Virginia into D.C. are the longest in the region. Mobility Lab Express #42 – July 15, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success RESEARCH: […]
(This article was originally published by Pop Culture Lunch Box.) I took a bikeshare ride in Boston on Sunday and, with Americans feeling less free these days, it makes me sad to know that one solution that is so obvious and simple is sitting right in front of our eyes. The one thing that struck me […]
With summer’s bike-riding months in full swing, it’s important that we all start thinking a little differently about who’s out there riding all these bikes. There may have once been a social stigma about riding bikes. And there may still be in some places and with some people. But we need to collectively get over […]
Employees looking to make a business case to their bosses for better workplace amenities for biking, walking, and taking public would have found a recent goDCgo event helpful. “If this is not a priority for senior management and Human Resources, make a business case, tie it to the bottom line, and prove your case. The […]
The second-annual Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit took place this week, with hundreds of attendees excitedly discussing the future of transit tech and shared-use mobility. As one of the event’s co-sponsors, Mobility Lab live-blogged the event to bring you the news asap. Mobility Lab Express #40 – June 15, 2014 Also in this issue: Why Not […]
Peter Torrellas, an evangelist for efficient planning and management of infrastructure, recently took a walk around New York City with his Floridian mother who he discovered had never heard of bikeshare. While the hundreds of transportation experts in attendance at the Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. this week are mostly deep […]
Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild returned from a trip to Salt Lake City recently and raved to me about the public-transportation infrastructure in the big-skied, beautiful Utah capital. He had also met with a group called Envision Utah, which was the focus of Tuesday’s keynote lunch speaker at the Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit. […]
Last year, 270 transportation experts attended the first-ever Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in San Francisco, and Susan Shaheen was one of the key visionaries of that event. Shaheen’s idea was to “bring the silos of shared use together,” with the philosophy that the sum of all the carpool and ridesharing companies, government transportation […]
Transportation options have reaped an economic bounty here where Mobility Lab is based in Arlington, Virginia. The Brookings Institution is among those finding strong correlations between public transit and economic competitiveness. Mobility Lab Express #39 – June 1, 2014 Also in this issue: Other Places Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development Would Protected Bike […]
I’ve been enjoying danah boyd’s book titled It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. She is a researcher from Microsoft, New York University and Harvard who toured the country for the past several years interviewing teens about why they seem so addicted to social media and whether they are destroying their brains and their […]
Because of his work on the Arlington County Board to adopt of a visionary plan for the Columbia Pike corridor, the Coalition for Smarter Growth honored Walter Tejada with its Livable Communities Leadership Award on Thursday night. Tejada, at a swanky awards ceremony at Epic Studio in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle, told the story of […]
In an exciting report Mobility Lab has just released with George Mason University, we recommend Arlington, Virginia stay ahead of the curve by following more international urban-planning trends rather than just those happening in other U.S. cities. Mobility Lab Express #38 – May 15, 2014 Also in this issue: 10 Rules for Construction of Good Bicycle Parking What’s Your Favorite […]
We started a new series last week called “Mobility Lab Question of the Week,” and received an encouraging amount of feedback and an interesting mix of ideas across our many social-media channels. Here are some of our favorite replies, but first let’s review the question in this seven-second video of Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild: I […]
Arlington, Virginia is a well-known national leader when it comes to fiscally responsible practices of transit-oriented development and transportation demand management. For many years, Arlington has primarily focused its attention on the “low-hanging fruit” of encouraging people to take Metro, bus, walk, and bicycle instead of their cars when possible. This work has been done […]
The big auto companies spend about $21 billion annually on marketing. I’m always thrown off by how much the public-transportation industry takes its potential customers for granted. It has long been assumed that people simply will or won’t use transit. But that’s a mistake. While some may argue that riding the bus, a bike, or […]
If you are interested in developing new ideas for smart urban transportation, the Embassy of Sweden, Mobility Lab, and others are co-sponsoring a can’t-miss creative workshop on May 21. Mobility Lab Express #37 – May 1, 2014 Also in this issue: Arlington County Building High-Tech Commute-Planning Software Modeling Bikesharing in Aspen, Colorado Redefining Uber: Why the Term “Rideshare” Doesn’t […]
This interview with me was originally published at Amtrak’s excellent blog. Check out the articles there. They make you want to jump a train! Forgot where you left your car keys? Good! According to one transportation expert, when you visit the nation’s capital you won’t ever need them. We sat down with cycling enthusiast and Communications Director at […]
Mobility Lab and Director Tom Fairchild are proud to be honored at the upcoming Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) 28th Anniversary Celebration. Noted by DATA Executive Director Jim Larsen as “a highlight of the evening,” the awards will recognize “outstanding achievement and support by transportation professionals and DATA partners toward accomplishing DATA’s mission of an […]
Laurie Schintler (pictured, with Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild) of George Mason University’s unique transportation-planning master’s program is the guest at April 23′s Mobility Lab Lunch At the Lab. Photos by M.V. Jantzen [View the story "What is Needed to Educate Next Generation of Transportation Experts?" on Storify]
As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. However, Apple’s decision to build a mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino, California – miles from public transportation and adequate housing – amounts to a corporate […]
I was hearing some buzz around the Mobility Lab offices – where we share space with groups like Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and goDCgo – about this 25-minute documentary premiering at last month’s Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. So I got ahold of Rebalancing filmmaker Tim Cone through the festival’s organizers to ask him some […]
Operating a city bus system is not as simple as one might think. Some of the nuances and concerns are highlighted in this “best-of Twitter” compilation from today’s Mobility Lab event. Photo by M.V. Jantzen (Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild looks on as Arlington County bus experts Kay Luongo and Steve Yaffe speak at “Lunch At the […]
People love new transportation technologies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft that are allowing them to get on their smartphones to quickly and conveniently hail a ride. But with that ease of use, there are several murky areas that could negatively affect the public. Mobility Lab Express #35 – April 1, 2014 Also in this edition: Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring […]
A “transit premium” can increase property values by between a few percentage points and more than 150 percent. Most property owners and managers (and the business leaders who operate within buildings) can find ways to better promote and encourage a range of multi-modal options. Mobility Lab Express #34 – March 15, 2014
Today’s “Lunch At the Lab” featured Sarah Stott, Arlington County, Virginia’s parking manager. She discussed how Arlington must plan for autos while encouraging alternative modes of transportation. Here are the Twitter highlights.
I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. Mobility Lab Express #33 – March 1, 2014
The High-Speed Rail Summit is winding down after two days in Washington D.C. Here are some of the tweet highlights. [View the story "Public Demand, Political Will Needed for U.S. High-Speed Rail" on Storify]
Making connections between modes and different transit systems requires planning and good information. Mobility Lab Express #32 – February 15, 2014
If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have noticed an inordinate amount of car commercials. They showed you pristine rides along sunny coastal highways, open roads dripping with freedom, and Bob Dylan claiming that cars are America. This may still be true in parts of the country, but the reality in Washington D.C. and […]
Watch the video above to find out what people said about TransportationCamp D.C. 2014. And here are some more money quotes. “Tremendous creativity.” – Dennis Leach, Arlington County (Va.) Department of Environmental Services “People … being very candid.” “Immediacy.” – Frank Hebbert, OpenPlans “There are so many good ideas.” – Arnd Batzner, Mobility Car Sharing […]
In an event at The Brookings Institution Wednesday hosted by the Japan International Transport Institute, Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild sat on an engaging panel about ridesharing, the sharing economy, and how the future of transportation needs to be shaped by both private and public enterprises. Also on the panel, entitled “Mobility Innovations in the […]
TransportationCamp is growing each year and increasingly being viewed as a can’t-miss event for transportation professionals. That said, there are still people that Shin-pei Tsay of New York-based TransitCenter says “we still need to bring to the table.” “I think there’s a lot of opportunity if you can turn the industry on its head and […]
In his day-to-day work as Deputy Director of Management & Program Finance at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Joung Lee is focused upon the: ” … crisis with the Highway Trust Fund, which is projected to run about $15 billion short every single year for at least the coming decade. And […]
New Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration has the opportunity to take a fresh look at transportation funding and invest more dollars in commuter services. Mobility Lab Express #31 – February 1, 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 […]
Here’s a sampling of some of the most interesting Tweets from Lunch At the Lab with the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE). Please scroll through them below and retweet your favorites!
2014 has begun with a bang here at Mobility Lab. Transportation Camp. Our Metrorail ridership analysis featured in the Washington Post. And much more … Mobility Lab Express #30 – January 1, 2014
We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that […]
Mobility Lab Express #29 – January 1, 2014 (Word) Happy New Year to all our transportation followers! We hope you have enjoyed our first full year of Mobility Lab Express newsletters.
Mobility Lab Express #28 – December 15, 2013 (PDF) Over here at Mobility Lab, we have a ton of exciting things happening right now in the “transit tech” arena.
This interview with Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild was originally published at the TransportationCamp blog. As TransportationCamp DC approaches, we’re reaching out to leaders and thinkers in the transportation and technology field, and asking them about what is interesting and important in the field right now. Today Ellen McDermott spoke with Tom Fairchild, Director of […]
Chris Hamilton, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services, says TransportationCamp is “so exciting because it’s this convergence of urbanists, people interested in transportation, and people who do technology for a living all coming together to make cities more livable by providing new tools for people to get around.” OpenPlan’s Frank Hebbert, the event’s moderator, […]
Mobility Lab Express #27 – December 1, 2013 (PDF) I’m constantly on the look-out for the perfect, magical app that will help me get from place to place.
Here’s a nice short inspiring video from Arlington County’s Car-Free Diet. The initiative is all about ”the easy, fun way to see how incredible it can feel to live a car-free or car-lite lifestyle. Each time you leave your car at home — choosing instead to ride ART or Metro, bike, walk or telework — you can save money, improve your health and clean […]
I’m constantly on the look-out for the perfect, magical app that will help me get from place to place. Biking to work from Maryland to Virginia, as I do almost every day, I used to utilize bikeplanner.org, which helped me find the least-painful routes up the monster hills out of Takoma Park . But now […]
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood answers a few pressing questions from me before taking the stage for Mobility Lab’s event on October 16 called People First: The Future of Transportation in America. Promoting and educating about bike, walk, rideshare, telework, public transit … these are low- to no-cost initiatives that are key to strengthening our […]
Mobility Lab Express #26 – November 15, 2013 (PDF) Transit’s impact on economic development was a major theme at the recent Rail-Volution conference in Seattle. King County (Washington) Executive Dow Constantine opened the conference by saying “transit is the backbone of our economy.”
An Arlington County Board member since 1996, Chris Zimmerman has been an advocate of transit-oriented development. He will soon start as vice president at Smart Growth America. Here are some tweet highlights from his “Lunch At the Lab” at Mobility Lab today. Photo by Michael Schade [View the story "Chris Zimmerman Offers Transportation Vision at […]
WATCH THE FULL SHOW HERE. Photos on the set of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream by Michael Schade. [View the story "The Future of Transit in the U.S.: Mobility Lab's Tom Fairchild on Al Jazeera TV" on Storify]
[View the story "Lunch At the Lab Offers View into Our Jetsons-like Transportation Future" on Storify]
Mobility Lab Express #25 – November 1, 2013 (PDF) If you haven’t already watched our two-minute video of the highlights from Ray LaHood’s news-making Mobility Lab event, wait no longer.
Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was the keynote speaker today at Mobility Lab’s “People First: The Future of Transportation in America.” Here are the Twitter highlights: [View the story "LaHood Offers Suggestions for "the Future of Transportation in America"" on Storify]
This article was originally published by Martin Di Caro of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington D.C. In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a nationwide manual […]
Mobility Lab Express #24 – October 15, 2013 (PDF) It’s already here: tomorrow’s can’t-miss event with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at George Mason University’s Arlington campus.
Photo by M.V. Jantzen [View the story "Health and Transportation Connect During "Lunch At the Lab"" on Storify]
Bicycle advocates love Ray LaHood. And no wonder. The former Republican Congressman from Illinois and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation doesn’t do quiet, uninspiring speeches. He’s been to five straight League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summits and, in 2010, he was “made famous” by jumping onto a table (see the video above) to […]
Mobility Lab Express #23 – October 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab is thrilled to announce an event with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at George Mason University’s Arlington campus Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Please register now, as we expect the event to sell out.
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Mobility Lab Express #22 – September 15, 2013 (PDF) Trends indicate that Americans are driving less and have diminished interest in owning a vehicle. But what happens when the transportation modes they switch to become as crowded as the highways they left?
Mobility Lab Express #21 – September 1, 2013 (PDF) August has faded into September, which means events and meetings are kicking back into full gear all around the Nation’s Capital.
Mobility Lab held one of our regular “Lunch At the Lab” events today. It entailed an interesting discussion about Arlington and the Washington D.C. region’s farmers markets led by Senior Nutritionist Jennifer Able of Virginia Cooperative Extension. And there were great tips from the 30 or so attendees about how one might go shopping without having to […]
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental disorder; […]
Motor vehicles cause air pollution, noise pollution, and water pollution, impacting a community’s health and resulting in higher health care costs. A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report suggests that air pollution from motor vehicle use costs society between $30 billion to $349 billion per year in premature death and illness caused by particulate matter. Two-thirds […]
Mobility Lab Express #20 – August 15, 2013 (PDF) I’ve been trying to ride my bike to work 2-3 times each week. Some weeks are better than others. While I don’t think I’ll ever be a full-time bike commuter, I have certainly come to realize a number of benefits (as well as a handful of things I […]
Arlington County Board Member Mary Hynes was the guest speaker at Mobility Lab’s most recent “Lunch At the Lab.” She discussed her vision as a leader on multiple regional transportation organizations. Afterwards, she talked with a few Mobility Labbers about how governments can play a crucial role in helping citizens get the best possible information about […]
Mobility Lab Express #19 – August 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab is honored to have received the top award at the annual international conference of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) in recognition for our efforts to showcase the groundbreaking efforts of Arlington County Commuter Services and many others.
Arlington County’s start-up think-tank Mobility Lab received the President’s Award this morning at the Association for Commuter Transportation annual international conference in San Antonio, Texas. Born two years ago as a project of Arlington County Commuter Services, the Mobility Lab researches and creates solutions for transportation options that are cool, healthy, fun, and efficient. “This is a prestigious […]
The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report today finding that commuters in the U.S. could save about $1,800 each year if they incorporated carpooling, public transit, or telecommuting into their daily transportation routines. By doing so, the report concludes they could reduce their total vehicle miles traveled by up to 50 percent. Howard Jennings, […]
Mobility Lab Express #18 – July 15, 2013 (PDF) With summer in full swing, transportation agencies around the country are creating exciting campaigns to make sure drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and all commuters are aware of each other.
Mobility Lab Express #17 – July 1, 2013 (PDF) Bikeshare programs are fast becoming expected urban amenities in cities around the world – symbols of thriving urban places that attract smart and creative people.
Mobility Lab Express #16 – June 15, 2013 (PDF) It’s been a year since Mobility Lab really ramped up our efforts to get the word out about mobility management. It’s thrilling to see how many connections the topic makes to our daily lives. Just in this issue of the Express alone, we feature human rights, technology, healthcare, and […]
Today I was honored to present a session at my son’s pre-school on “Why Bikes Are Good Things.” Jackson and I drew the above poster last night. We brainstormed all the benefits of riding bikes. They are really broken into the categories of healthy, fun, transportation, economic, and environmental. So it was fun to see […]
Mobility Lab Express #15 – June 1, 2013 (PDF) We recently exhibited our Capital Bikeshare Crowdsourcing Map at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Data Palooza event in Washington D.C. Real-time data was a common thread in discussions at the event, and USDOT’s willingness to be creative and collaborate with the private sector and challenge traditional ways of thinking bodes […]
Mobility Lab Express #14 – May 15, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab’s brand new Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator is featured. Our research teams are developing a calculation method to estimate, monetize, and communicate the return on investment from “transportation demand management” programs.
Jeff Speck has gone from being a city planner and architectural designer to one of the world’s most-acclaimed authors on walkability in a relatively short time. The author of Suburban Nation (with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk) and Walkable City spoke at a recent symposium sponsored by Mobility Lab and the Association of Commuter Transportation. Here are 10 […]
Accessibility is one of the fundamental goals of transportation. Access can be increased by making destinations seem proximate by increasing awareness or by providing convenient and affordable transportation. The quality of life in a community changes significantly with the types of employment opportunities, services and amenities, educational institutions, and leisure activities that individuals are able […]
Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death in the U.S., especially for young adults and children. Studies have shown that the number of casualties increases with the number of miles driven per capita. Passengers on buses, light rail, and commuter rail have about one-tenth the death rate due to accidents as people in cars. […]
At least six of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S. in 2009 are influenced by level of physical activity: Heart disease Malignant neoplasms (cancer) Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) Accidents (unintentional injuries) Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults get 150 […]
Improved public health and safety is not just a laudable community goal. There is economic value to these benefits, which is a great boon for constrained budgets in all sectors. The Mobility Lab Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator for Public Health and Safety project is: Identifying the ways that investments in “transportation demand management” influence public health and […]
Mobility Lab Express #13 – May 1, 2013 (PDF) With communities around the world realizing that shifting from a car culture to healthier alternatives, walking is increasingly becoming a real commuter choice. In the U.S., there was a 6 percent increase over the past 5 years in adults who walk for transportation, fun, or exercise, according to […]
With National Walk at Lunch Day this week, now is the perfect time to take a few seconds out of your busy day to watch this video by Everybody Walk! The Campaign to Get America Walking. And we all know that walking for 30 minutes each day is one of the simplest ways to stay […]
Mobility Lab Express #12 – April 15, 2013 (PDF) Last week’s Mobility Lab symposium, Transportation Solutions for Aging in Auto-centric America, offered successes and challenges. Finding mobility solutions for our older adult population is not easy, given that our country is built largely for the automobile.
ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The population of seniors 65 years and older in the U.S. is set to double over the next 25 years. And society – particularly our transportation systems meant to keep people mobile and active – is not prepared for this “silver tsunami.” Finding the keys to what needs to happen to prepare […]
Mobility Lab Express #11 – April 1, 2013 (PDF) “Mobility management strategies” work. For example, Airlines Reporting Corporation was recently recognized as a “bike-friendly company.” But beyond the accolades, these strategies, which are frequently very inexpensive and can usually be easy to implement, offer a lot of bang for their buck in building happy and healthy work […]
WAMU 88.5 FM (a Washington D.C. National Public Radio affiliate) features Mobility Lab today on both an excellent radio segment and a web feature article by knowledgeable transportation-beat reporter Martin Di Caro. Here is an excerpt. Listen and read the full article here. ——————– While the District of Columbia grapples with proposed changes to its parking […]
Mobility Lab Express #10 – March 15, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab has three major tenets as foundations to our work: Research, Communication, and Collaboration. Through our collaborative endeavors, we realize great things are possible when working with good partners to share knowledge, labor, and creativity. As you can see by reading this week’s Express, we have a […]
Mobility Lab Express #9 – March 1, 2013 (PDF) What room is there for mobility-management professionals if individuals can access transportation information on their mobile devices? What will be the future need for human professionals in this realm of education and encouragement? One of the many questions we ponder in this edition of Mobility Lab Express.
Researchers from the Bay Area have quantified the public health benefits of increased biking and walking as a way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution for San Francisco and its surroundings. They found that increasing average daily walking and bicycling from 4 to 22 minutes: reduced the chances of cardiovascular disease and diabetes by 14 percent […]
Mobility Lab Express #8 – February 15, 2013 (PDF) Much of the discussion happening now in state houses across the country focuses on raising enough revenue for skyrocketing highway maintenance and construction costs to accommodate projections for ever increasing automobile travel. However, we believe that we cannot simply (and expensively) pave our way out of the traffic […]
[Editor's note: This article is republished at care2, where there is a slew of interesting conversation happening in the comments section about the mandatory bike helmet issue. Please check it out and weigh in with your voice.] The research tells us that mandatory bicycle-helmet laws are, perhaps counter-intuitively, a very bad idea when the hope […]
The creators of a nifty, high-tech airport-arrival app in development won this year’s first-ever “Six-Minute Pitch” competition at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting. I recently had the opportunity, while they were basking in their victorious glory, to ask co-developers Robert Rodden and Susan Paulus a few questions. Tell me about your app. It’s called […]
Mobility Lab Express #7 – February 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab began less than two years ago as a start-up focused on better transportation options that in turn create better lifestyles. We have a come a long way and are proud that our list of contributors keeps growing. This issue celebrates them.
Mobility Lab is seeking a paid, part-time intern (up to 30 hours per week, $15 per hour) from now until June 30 to advance our social-media delivery, effectiveness, and impacts. We are seeking a candidate with proven experience in social media to learn about us, align that with an inventory of our social-media needs, and […]
Kurt Raschke, a frequent collaborator on Mobility Lab technology programs, and Chris Barnes of FixWMATA.com (on the right) were leaving a session at TransportationCamp DC on how to improve real-time transit information when Mobility Lab TV‘s cameras caught up with them. Kurt was concerned about transit agencies losing faithful customers when their real-time bus and train […]
Mobility Lab Express #6 – January 15, 2013 (PDF) This issue features the 2nd Annual TransportationCamp DC, held this past Saturday. With just about every one of the 300-plus people in attendance agreeing that the event was phenomenal, there is little reason to cover much else this issue.
A taste of last year’s TransportationCamp Washington DC. Be sure and check out all the details about this year’s event here. First up, Lilly Shoup from the U.S. Department of Transportation organized a session called Transportation Policy 101, which consisted mostly of the very “unconference” format of chatting with like-minded people without the formalities of […]
Mobility Lab Express #5 – January 1, 2013 (PDF) Entering 2013, there are a lot of questions on Capitol Hill in regards to transportation policy. How will the fiscal cliff affect transit funding? What directions will the new leadership of the House Transportation Committee take? How can officials implement bikesharing systems more formally into their […]
UPDATE: On January 1, 2013, legislation was passed averting the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ (HR 8). Included was a provision that will once again re-establish parity between the parking and transit benefits at $240/month. This increase is effective immediately and is set to expire at the end of 2013. Read more here. A great perk for people […]
Mobility Lab Express #4 – December 15, 2012 (PDF) This issue, we look inside the Mobility Lab Toolbox, which provides insight into how Arlington County, Virginia and Washington D.C. have implemented transportation-oriented development that works and can easily be replicated.
Mobility Lab and some of our partners like goDCgo, Arlington Transportation Partners, and BikeArlington were very busy tweeting at an excellent event today called Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit, held by the Washington Post. Here is a sampling of the some of the best information we gathered (and tweeted about) from the panel on “Biking, Walking and […]
Mobility Lab and some of our partners like goDCgo, Arlington Transportation Partners, and BikeArlington were very busy tweeting at an excellent event today called Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit, held by the Washington Post. Here is a sampling of the some of the best information we gathered (and tweeted about) from the panel […]
What’s really interesting in a new Arizona Department of Transportation report is not the finding that higher-density metro areas in Phoenix are less congested and traffic clogged than car-dependent outlying suburbs. No, the most important aspect of the report may be the crucial recommendations located way at the back between pages 216 and 219. “Land Use […]
We all know that driving is not exercise, and that it’s not healthy for us or good for the environment. But, surprisingly, there had never been a study that actually looked at the CO2 air pollution resulting from active commuting (like bicycling or walking to work) compared to car commuting. The latest issue of the […]
People in the Washington D.C. region who can afford to live in pricier neighborhoods with the best transit access save a lot of money because of the many economic benefits of options like trains, buses, bikeshare, and walkability. Problem is … the people who most need the inexpensiveness of transit don’t live close enough to […]
Transportation is a crucial element in developers’ quests to reach lucrative environmental standards with construction and renovation of their buildings. This was the theme of Thursday’s LEED/Transportation Symposium at Founders Hall on the campus of George Mason University’s Arlington campus. Slideshow presentations from the event More photos from the event Quickly moving past the acronyms […]
Mobility Lab Express #3 – December 1, 2012 (PDF) Highlighting some of the great stories from Hack Day, this month’s Mobility Lab Express is focused on key connections between transportation options and technological choice.
Planners are looking for ways to improve the commute for the more than 56,000 people who currently work at Fort Meade in central Maryland. A top transportation planner at Fort Meade says there are a couple possible strategies to consider to reduce regional traffic congestion. One would be to build major highways at an estimated cost […]
Mobility Lab Express #2 – November 15, 2012 (PDF) This issue of Mobility Lab Express is focused on key connections between transportation options and energy and the environment.
There have been many good recent studies lately on how bikable, walkable areas create “activity centers” that improve real-estate values. And it is worth remembering that those values are increased not just for commercial properties but also for homes. At the back of a new report called Bicycling Means Business by the League of American […]
Transportation is a major factor in the nation’s ongoing struggle to become energy efficient. Even within the context of buildings, which create a whopping 72 percent of our energy consumption, transportation plays a key role. Transportation-related measures are some of the lowest hanging fruit for developers seeking to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s cherished […]
We’re happy to announce that Michael O’Hara of Bohler Engineering won a Capital Bikeshare bag that Mobility Lab was giving away on Friday at the Arlington Economic Development Real-Estate Showcase at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Virginia. Mobility Lab held an exhibit at the event to help promote our upcoming LEED/Transportation Symposium, which is coming up on […]
It’s unfortunate that it takes a disaster the scale of Superstorm Sandy to get people to consider ridesharing. It’s also unfortunate that when they need to get somewhere after a tragedy, they don’t have quick options at their fingertips. An article in Mashable details how drivers needing to get into Manhattan are now scrambling to find […]
Mobility Lab Express #1 – November 1, 2012 (PDF) The first issue of Mobility Lab Express is focused on how transportation options can lead to economic prosperity, especially when integrated with intelligent land use and design.
Where pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, and bus rapid transit have been installed in New York City, businesses are seeing significant increases in sales. A new report from the city’s Transportation Department finds that economic development is impressively following along behind transportation-oriented development. And where there is no focus on transportation improvements, businesses are lagging behind. […]
The 99.72 percent of commuters* in Louisville, Kentucky who don’t travel by bicycle are really missing out. That’s what I learned when I recently visited the home of the Kentucky Derby and the state’s largest city. Everywhere I travel, I try to rent a bicycle and see the sites. And nearly every time, I wonder why […]
A new report shows just how important the cost of transportation – often something we don’t think that much about – is to our standards of living. The authors from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology write that “the inclusion of transportation costs shifts the relative affordability of many metro areas. […]
Dennis Leach, Arlington County’s transportation director, is interviewed in the excellent, hyper-local newspaper endeavor Patch about building a vibrant bikable and walkable community in the midst of “unprecedented construction.” (I can literally hear the jackhammers right now outside my office window in Rosslyn!) Leach highlights some really interesting insights on the inner machinations of how […]
According to a new report by global professional-services firm Deloitte, the transportation sector in the U.S. consumed 28 percent of our energy supply. Energy Independence and Security: A Reality Check finds that “transportation is really the only sector that remains dependent on imports.” The author argues that “we need to lower demand through continued improvement in the […]
Following up on our telework series from a couple of months ago, Online Business Degree has a handy guide that looks at the 7 Disadvantages to Telecommuting. The article notes that about 10 percent of workers telecommute at least once a week, and the percentage is expected to “increase dramatically” over the next five years. So articles […]
Eighty-four percent of Princeton University’s staff drives to work, but even though there will be up-front costs, the university has decided it will be more economic in the long run to get their commuters out of their cars, especially if they drive alone. There is a push for students and faculty to be aware of […]
“Articulated pedestrian walkways to and within large suburban parking lots” should have been standard practice a long time ago, note Kaid Benfield of The Atlantic Cities and John Wirtz of Xing Columbus. Such a design could make it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to get from place to place and store to store whereas now […]
This is a great question that Angie Schmitt addresses at Streetsblog Capitol Hill and one we hope to address more over time here at Mobility Lab. The article notes that Washington D.C. is slightly ahead of the (admittedly) sorry pack in beginning to offer better services for low-income people who don’t use bikeshare programs proportionally. A […]
The following documents are intended for members of ACT (the Association of Commuter Transportation) who are preparing for the TDM Certification process. TDM Certification Program Overview Sub Committee Structure and Descriptions Planning schools Copy of Certification Program Task and Topic Area Analysis August 2012
While visiting the H Street Festival northeast of Union Station in Washington DC last weekend, it was apparent that hipster culture is booming and that many sideline hipsters like myself are more than open to exploring the hipster part of town. Rumor has it that the festival expanded from 35,000 to 65,000 attendees from last […]
Crystal City, Virginia, located across the Potomac River from Washington DC, provides an interesting example of how key investments can shape “activity centers” into more dynamic and successful communities. This is republished from our partners over at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Region Forward. Major redevelopment in the 1960s transformed Crystal City’s industrial landscape […]
Community leaders nationwide need to recognize that “place” is their most valuable asset. The most effective way to maintain or build economic prosperity is to protect the character, uniqueness, and history of our towns. This was the message from Parris Glendenning – a board member of Smart Growth America and former Maryland governor – this […]
Home-buyers in the Washington DC region will now pay 71 percent more for a home in a walkable area than one in the drive-only suburbs. This is among the wealth of new findings in a report released this week that examines 43 “walkUPs” – or walkable, urban places – in the region, and how they […]
I love going to NFL football games. Going to the Ravens’ stadium to see my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers is something I do nearly every year. Getting there from anywhere in Baltimore is easy by transit, and the parking lots south of the stadium are located in a way that I can get right onto the […]
Mobility Lab works closely with several partners, and one of them is Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), which has put together a cute series of short videos that will hopefully help commuters give more thought to how they get to work each day. The four videos show a group of coworkers figuring out how to simplify […]
Before heading out to Banff in Alberta for a long-planned family vacation in the Canadian Rockies, I had about four hours to kill in Calgary before my wife and son’s flight arrived. So, like I do in all new cities I visit, I headed downtown to take a bikeride and walk around some too. Using […]
College campuses are one of the few havens left in the United States where traffic and exhaust-spewing cars are not so overwhelming. After all, remember those days of walking across the grassy quad or having a coffee in a peaceful nook with classmates and clear skies? There are countless reasons for minimizing vehicle traffic at […]
Walking Magazine has already named Savannah, Georgia “one of the top 10 walking cities in America.” And having just returned from the Association of Commuter Transportation annual conference, I was surprised to do a little a research and find that the charming southern city has such a low “car-dependent” Walk Score of 47 out of […]
We, the American public, have boxed ourselves into habitual styles of living, and it doesn’t have to be that way, said Dr. Richard Jackson of the UCLA School of Public Health during his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Association of Commuter Transportation, this year in Savannah, Georgia. Luckily, he said that the younger […]
“When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!” It was the tagline on a provocative government-backed poster that kicked off the history of a profession that is focused on getting people out of the habit of driving alone and showing that there are better, healthier, and more efficient and fun options. World War II, in […]
The 2012 Summer Olympics is a great opportunity to educate the world on the dangers of obesity. The host country England, along with the U.S., are two of the most obese nations in the world. They are also, interestingly, both pretty low on the “active transportation” scale, as highlighted in this chart. In London’s sprawling […]
I’ve been reading a lot about the recent passage of the federal transportation bill. The more and more I read, the more amazed I am at how little we spend to maintain, repair, and replace our country’s aging and outdated infrastructure. The best layman’s break-down of funding I’ve found comes from Dan Malouff, a planner […]
Employees in the Washington D.C. region are more likely to bicycle to work if they have access to showers and bike parking, according to a new article in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Seems logical to me. One of the best parts about bicycling, especially on these unbearably hot Washington D.C. […]
It’s wonderful that bicycling for the purpose of commuting, saving gas, not polluting, and staying physically fit is taking on a life of its own, especially in traffic-congested places like New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Portland. And more and more celebrities are heeding the call to bike, hence our new regular feature […]
Transportation is a fundamental requirement of human life. That’s why a new report about “the suburbanization of jobs” from the Brookings Institution is so disheartening. It finds that “the typical job is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. The suburbanization of jobs obstructs transit’s […]
This is the last in a four-part series about the state of telework. The previous installments are here, here, and here. This part looks at the various signs of hope for telework’s future. The series is based on my interview with Chuck Wilsker, who is a member of The Mobility Collaborative, consisting of some of […]
In honor of tomorrow’s opening of The Dark Knight Rises, the summer’s biggest movie blockbuster opening, here we have Batman and pals biking to save the world. Good to see they’ve realized that biking through traffic can often be a huge time-saver! And below is another great Batman-on-a-bike rendering courtesy of the Mike Joos Mountain […]
This is the third in a four-part series about the state of telework. Parts 1 and 2 are here and here. This part looks at how telework relates to gas prices, and the final part will examine various signs of hope for telework’s future. The series is based on my interview with Chuck Wilsker, who […]
On a vacation with my family to New York City this past weekend, I noticed many more nice ways to get around care-free than there has been in years past. The sheer amount of bicyclists was clearly the most obvious trend, and the city appears very geared up and ready for the Citi Bike bikeshare program launch […]
This is the second in a four-part series about the state of telework. Part 1, about some of the roadblocks in place for teleworking, is here. This part looks at how telework benefits employers, and the next parts will be about how it relates to gas prices, and various signs of hope for telework’s future. […]
This is the first in a four-part series about the state of telework. It looks at why an idea as great as sliced bread hasn’t reached its full potential. Subsequent parts of the series will examine how telework benefits employers, how it relates to gas prices, and various signs of hope for telework’s future. The […]
More than half of first-time visitors to The Commuter Store® make some kind of change in how they get around the DC region. And 75% of The Commuter Store® customers live outside of Arlington County – which operates the four locations and one mobile store – showing that the service is truly benefiting the entire […]
Congress tends to think about things in separate buckets. It’s either a funding concern about the environment, transportation, healthcare, the economy. These issues tend not to be considered or funded together or holistically. But the best way to think about transportation, for example, probably isn’t to consider what we need to do about our roads. […]
A really good “transit trend” article from our friend Matt Caywood at Greater Greater Washington is worth reprinting here. For weary bus riders, especially seniors and people with disabilities, comfortable seating at bus shelters is a necessity. Even while many governments expand bus service, they often regard seating as an unaffordable or unneeded luxury. In one […]
The other day, musician and movie star Jack Black (his new film, Bernie, is well worth watching) posted this photo on his Facebook page. As of Wednesday morning, it has more than 16,000 “likes,” more than 700 comments, and nearly 500 “shares.” That got me thinking, while I was in the shower after my bicycle […]
Thing I love today: BikeArlington‘s new public-service announcement. If this 38-second video (produced in association with Sean Kenney’s Art with Lego Bricks) doesn’t get you to follow the bicycle rules of the road, I don’t know what will. The video is part of Arlington County’s Car-Free Diet and Be a PAL safety campaign.
Do you want to know which bike routes through the city are the most simple, have the best surface, have the fewest hills to climb, and are the safest? These are among the final touches being added to an online DC bicycle trip planner crowdsourced by a group of bike and open-source data hackers. They […]
Great feature segment from Fox 5 DC as a result of yesterday’s release of the Capital Bikeshare user survey, held in The Mobility Lab (pictured below). For more news coverage, go here and here. And for the press release and survey report, go here.
The Mobility Collaborative’s first white paper discusses the impact of rising gas prices on household budgets and travel behavior. Research and previous behaviors suggest that price increases alone are not going to be enough to change how people think about mobility. The Mobility Collaborative discusses the myth frequently believed by both the general public and […]
The Mobility Collaborative is a think tank focused on creating mobility access for the next generation of communities. It was initially convened by Arlington County, Virginia, and is comprised of recognized national and international thought-leaders who offer informed perspectives on some major forces shaping 21st century metropolitan communities. The focus of the collaborative is on […]
Capital Bikeshare members save an average of $891 per year and collectively reduce their driving miles by 5 million per year. These are just some of the findings from an extensive report released today regarding the annual survey of members of the regional bikesharing program. The report contains detailed insight into how people are using Capital […]
This is such a great “infographic” created by the American Planning Association, to support its 2012 National Poll of American’s opinions on planning. It’s nice to see that so many people realize planning, whether it’s urban or rural or anywhere in between, is and could be a crucial way for us to continue working our […]
Arlington County, Virginia has been a powerful example of the many places around the U.S. that have been able to protect from overwhelming auto traffic in the face of massive population growth. Anyone looking for an interesting glimpse into how Arlington County managed this complicated task should watch Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey. The 11-minute short […]
I got to spend a night in Richmond, Virginia before a work meeting this week. It’s a place I had only previously known as the point on Interstate 95 where we always pass the big cigarette (also know as the headquarters of Philip Morris USA). But west of 95 and downtown, there is a several-mile […]
Chris Leinberger, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution with a real-estate background, makes perhaps the strongest argument yet that the most bikable and walkable communities are the communities of the future, and the ones with the most market value when it comes time to sell your place. These communities may be located in rural […]
This article was originally published by Anne Factor at goDCgo. Americans, especially the young, are driving less. We’ve been hearing this for a while now and have recently seen a flurry of new reports, statistics, articles and editorials documenting and trying to explain the downward trend. The theories put forth are varied and all seem […]
WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington DC just aired an interesting feature by reporter Martin di Caro (pictured interviewing Chris Zimmerman of the Arlington County Board). It essentially captured that the DC region is one of the top places in the U.S. for transportation mobility options. Compared to many places throughout the rest of the world, however, we […]
The final push is on for registration for Bike to Work Day. It’s shaping up that some of the most popular pit stops for tomorrow morning’s event throughout the region will be the Reagan Building downtown, and a whole series of Virginia stops, including Rosslyn, Old Town Alexandria, Ballston, Crystal City, and Reston. In Maryland, […]
The first of three public meetings will be held tomorrow night to get citizen input for a study that will help shape (and hopefully ease) the way people get around the Washington D.C. metro region. “It’s worth coming out to get in your two cents worth,” said Howard Jennings, a member of the stakeholders committee […]
Since my 4-year-old son recently got a new bicycle and he usually rides back and forth to school on our trailer bike, my wife and I didn’t know if he would be all that excited about National Bike to School Day this morning. But it didn’t take long for him to get excited.
Lila can easily get to Michael’s or her haircut shop. Patricia can walk to Ballston Mall and the drug store. Older adults, aged 75 and higher, take 20 percent more trips than the same demographic populations in more suburban areas. The health benefits associated with this improved mobility through transit-oriented development are voluminous. The video […]