Authors & Contributions
Michael Schade

Michael Schade

Michael is senior tech advisor for Mobility Lab. He specializes in photography and cool transportation visualizations, and he leads Transportation Techies DC.
CaBi Union Station

Lincoln Memorial is Top Destination for Tourists on Capital Bikeshare

The Lincoln Memorial has the highest percentage of “casual riders” – typically assumed to be tourists who rent on the fly – on Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare system., at 82.3 percent. We’ve never really had a view of how people are moving around the region on bicycle before CaBi came along and opened up its ridership… Read more »

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CaBi Hack Night 2 Brings Out Nerds Who Love Bikesharing

Transit data reveals patterns about our community, but no other system in the Washington D.C. region (or perhaps in the nation) makes it as easy for people to access the raw data and crunch the numbers on their own as Capital Bikeshare. Ever since CaBi started releasing trip-history data, professional analysts and hobbyists alike have… Read more »

Key Bridge Bikers

Capital Bikeshare’s Regional Approach is a Winning Formula

People who ride the Washington D.C. region’s Capital Bikeshare system tend to ignore geopolitical boundaries. And that can be advantageous to the jurisdictions that feature the bikesharing program. CaBi, as it’s popularly known, was begun as a joint venture between the District and Arlington, Virginia, back in 2010. Two years later, Alexandria, Virginia joined the… Read more »


Transportation Techies Show What Can Be Done With Bike Data

How can you use data to explore biking? The Transportation Techies Meetup group recently examined the possibilities. Five presentations at our first Bike Hack Night showed the range of what can be done with bike data. Ironman Tim Kelley (also a Mobility Lab contributor) showed us how he uses Strava to visualize his bike trips. You’ve probably seen… Read more »


Modeling Bikesharing in Aspen, Colorado

Bikesharing has its roots in big cities like Paris, London, and Montreal, but the real sign of success is when it takes hold in smaller towns. Aspen, Colorado is the first mountain town to offer bikesharing, with We-Cycle. Last summer, it opened with 13 stations. Coloradans have already seen bikesharing in Denver and Boulder. To… Read more »


Which Metro Line Best Connects You to Shops and Restaurants?

Metro serves an important role for people who are car-free. And in fact, those 106 miles of track make it possible for many people to be car-free in the first place. But Metro is only one half of the equation; you still need the places you visit to be physically close to the Metro station…. Read more »

The Group

Arlington’s Orange Line Transit-Oriented Development, In Photos

On a recent frigid morning, Mobility Lab led a walking tour of Arlington’s famous Orange Line TOD Corridor from Clarendon to Rosslyn. We discussed Clarendon’s history and evolution, including its founding as a trolley development; and listened to some presentations at the County Building from the County’s Office of Planning and Transportation Department staff about… Read more »

Bikeshare Rider slideshow

An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing

Should the bikeshare industry adopt an open data standard? As bikesharing spreads to more cities, having a common method for accessing and analyzing data will become more important. We know that transit systems work best when agencies concentrate on their core mission. Transit agencies are not in the information technology business; all they should do… Read more »


Techies Work to Merge Data From Multiple Transit Agencies

We’ve all used apps for planning trips using transit, but have you ever thought about what it takes to write one of these apps? The Transportation Techies Meetup group recently invited coders to share their stories about creating programs that consume data from multiple transit agencies and blend the results together. Because transit agencies tend to… Read more »