Elizabeth A. Floyd

Environment
Behavior mode

Images, Emotions are Keys to Getting People Out of Their Cars

Monday, December 23, 2013 12:02 PM

Last month I attended the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento, California. In its seventh year, the conference brings together experts and practitioners interested in understanding more about individual and organizational behavior, and how it relates to climate change, energy usage, sustainable practices, and more. As transportation demand management practitioners, behavior change is […]

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How To
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Are Humans Still Needed In a World of Smartphone Apps?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 4:32 PM

Recently I had my first Apple Store app scan-and-pay experience. Apparently it is now possible to walk into an Apple store, find the product you want, scan the barcode with your iPhone and Apple Store app, charge the item to your iTunes account, and walk out with your receipt being emailed to you – all […]

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Community Design
San Antonio

A Tourist is Surprised By San Antonio’s Options

Monday, August 12, 2013 3:05 PM

While in San Antonio recently for the Association for Commuter Transportation’s annual conference, I was surprised to discover a range of livability elements I had not expected to find. A bikeshare system, a beautiful walking and biking trail, traffic-calming planter boxes, and people on bikes everywhere greeted us as we began to explore the city. I was excited […]

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Community Design
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How Can Transit Become as Comfortable as Your Own Car (Or Bike)?

Monday, July 1, 2013 11:54 AM

Recently, I had to go from home in Arlington to Leesburg, Virginia for work, and since it’s a bit too far to bike in one day – and not Metro accessible – I zipped a Honda Civic ZipCar. As someone who does not own a car, nor spends much time in one, I felt like […]

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Health
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Why You Should Participate in Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 16, 2013 11:15 AM

May is Bike Month throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in the D.C. region specifically, tomorrow is Bike to Work Day. It’s a big party day for area cyclists, even those who regularly commute by bike. Last year, more than 12,000 people registered at a number of pit stops throughout the region, where they were treated to […]

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Health
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Are You Ready for Walk at Lunch Day?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 4:36 PM

Have you formed your teams and mapped where you want to walk? Have you broken in new walking shoes? Are you ready to walk? We are, and this video should get you even more in the mood! Arlington Transportation Partners has been working hard to make our three pit stops for the 2013 National Walk […]

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Transit Tech
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Keeping Transportation Personal in a Digital Age

Friday, February 15, 2013 3:33 PM

Do you remember telephone operators? Have you ever heard of telephone operators, or switchboard operators? If the only thing that comes to mind are black and white photos of Victorian women seated in rows in front of large panels of cords, then you are correct. Telephone operators, once tasked with connecting phone lines before the […]

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Education
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LaHood’s Vision of Livability Through Better Transportation Lives On

Thursday, February 7, 2013 10:09 AM

When U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced he would not serve a second term, it was not a huge shock. I’d heard rumors last summer that he had only planned on serving one term. I think, however, that many were still disappointed when it became official because LaHood has been a huge proponent of all […]

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Health
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Top 10 Bike and Bus Observations From Copenhagen

Thursday, January 17, 2013 3:30 PM

As I’ve mentioned here before, Copenhagen is an eye-opening city for multi-modal commuting options. I mean, you’ve gotta love a city with a golden woman on a bicycle overlooking it. In the early 1900s, the Danish capital was regarded as a top cycling city. Then car culture slowly seeped in. There was massive protesting of […]

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Community Design
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My Experience in Multi-Modal Copenhagen

Friday, January 4, 2013 2:25 PM

My boyfriend and I decided to spend Christmas week in Copenhagen because we are both bicycle-as-transportation advocates, and there are few cities that do biking better than Copenhagen. The city is known as “The City of Cyclists,” and with good reason – a third of the population uses bikes for transportation. Flat terrain and bicycle-friendly […]

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