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.

In the Current Transportation Landscape, Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but […]







Want to Start Carpooling? Pick Up Your Phone and Get Going

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling […]







Five Ways TDM Is Invisible (and Why That Should Change)

Transportation demand management is like an alarm clock. It’s the under-appreciated mechanism that, once set into place, plays a significant role in changing your routine and habits over time. The alarm clock does the dirty – largely invisible – work of taking you from a restless, grumpy night of sleep into the sun-shining, coffee-scented, iPad-reading […]







USDOT and Vulcan Announce $50 Million Reward to the City of the Future

The ultimate city of the future won’t be New York, Chicago, Austin, or Los Angeles – some of the places we routinely hear about for the impressive ways they work to rework and massage their transportation networks for the better. No, somewhere right now in America, there is a mid-sized city that will soon be […]







Taking Fewer Car Trips is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Environment

This article originally appeared on Triple Pundit. As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to note that transportation continues to gain prominence as an accepted path to cleaning up pollution. In order to keep global temperatures below levels that are dangerous […]







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 […]