Authors & Contributions
Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton

Chris is the former chief of Arlington County (Va.) Commuter Services and now runs the City of Key West Bike/Ped/Transport program.

10 books about fighting for and building people-first cities

These inspiring leaders have authored 10 great and recent books on how to design and build walk-, bike-, transit-, and people-friendly cities, showing us the strategies to make the places we call home more prosperous, green, healthy and happy as a result. Read them and join the revolution. People and businesses want to be in… Read more »

How to “Get Sh*t Done” In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy

Thank goodness this book is out.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″] Transportation experts and officials are living through a highly disruptive time. They need to shake things up if they want to be relevant.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Start-Up City – Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun is sorely needed right now. Cities are at… Read more »

12 Easy Tips to Help Local Governments Improve Transportation Options

[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Devoting time and resources to several key principles can help transportation agencies operate more effectively and creatively.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Self-reflection can yield some truly beneficial results for public agencies: what’s behind your success? What could you be doing more effectively? Two years ago, Arlington, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Services, the county’s second largest… Read more »

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Opening data to the public is low-hanging fruit for transportation agencies to do their role in alleviating the country’s over-stressed road and transit infrastructure.[/feature_box][/quote_right] An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart… Read more »

Cities must understand bikeshare is transit

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Bikeshare is relatively inexpensive, but to truly expand a local transportation network with this new option, cities must take on some of the burdens of its costs.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion… Read more »

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Excellent marketing can have big returns for mass transit, but it is still very underused.[/feature_box][/quote_right] If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit… Read more »

Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now.

I really enjoyed this week’s “Fix My Commute,” the inaugural forum in the Washington Post’s America Answers series. It was a first-class event that brought together a fascinating array of national experts and progressive mayors focused on solving the problems of increasing traffic congestion. And while it was acknowledged again and again that our infrastructure… Read more »

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar… Read more »

I-66 Doesn’t Need More Lanes or Expensive Infrastructure

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. But reports from Dr. Gridlock in the Washington Post that the state and federal governments are considering plans to add additional lanes onto I-66 are not… Read more »