Michael Schade

Transit Tech

Transportation Techies Show What Can Be Done With Bike Data

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 11:51 AM

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 […]

Transit Tech

Modeling Bikesharing in Aspen, Colorado

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:00 AM

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 […]

Pop Culture

Which Metro Line Best Connects You to Shops and Restaurants?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:26 PM

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. […]

Community Design
The Group

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

Friday, March 7, 2014 1:34 PM

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 […]

Transit Tech
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An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing

Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:19 PM

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 […]

Transit Tech

Techies Work to Merge Data From Multiple Transit Agencies

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:38 PM

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 […]

Transit Tech
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Fly In for a Bird’s-Eye View of Capital Bikeshare

Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:22 PM

The best views of Washington are undoubtedly from above, on flights to and from National Airport. When I saw the aerial photo taken by Dan Macy, I knew I had to use it as the background for a map. Visit the Birds-eye view of CaBi stations app and see if you enjoy the view as […]

Transit Tech

Explore the Links Between Weather and Capital Bikeshare Ridership

Monday, January 27, 2014 2:53 PM

In Washington D.C., we’re lucky to get a new chunk of Capital Bikeshare trip history data every quarter. For the end of the year, I created a new tool for examining the data from 2013. How does the weather affect ridership? How similar are CaBi ridership patterns to regular cyclists in the area? How similar […]

Transit Tech

Techies Tackle WMATA Data at Metro Hack Night

Monday, January 6, 2014 2:21 PM

You can’t talk about transit in the D.C. region without talking about WMATA. The new Transportation Techies group dedicated our latest meetup to sharing projects that explore data from and about Metrorail and Metrobus. Here’s what we learned at Metro Hack Night. Before getting started, we settled in with a game of Metro Hangman, in which […]

Transit Tech
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Capital Bikeshare Hackers Pedal Their Wares at Mobility Lab

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:00 PM

The Washington region has a new home for programmers who love playing with transportation data. The Transportation Techies meetup group welcomes technologists and the “code curious” to our meetings, which will mostly be show & tell demos of cool apps and visualizations. Our debut meetup explored cool programs built around Capital Bikeshare’s open data. The […]