Tom Fairchild

Omaha bridge

Touring by Bike in Cities without Bikeshare

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:40 PM

What’s your favorite way to tour a new city? Share your thoughts either in the comments below or by sending us a short video explaining your choice. We may publish our findings. What’s an avid biker to do when touring to a city without bikeshare? To me, renting a car to explore a city seems akin to […]

by Tom Fairchild
Community Design
Saskia Sassen

What Are Cities Trying to Tell People?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 4:06 PM

“Does a city speak?” This provocative question – posed by Saskia Sassen (pictured) – opened the recent Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible conference at Columbia University. It’s hard to deny that a city has life, but does it live and communicate? Sassen has explored these ideas before: the juxtaposition of technology – ephemeral, […]

by Tom Fairchild

Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:37 AM

(This article was originally published by METRO Magazine.) As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. For years, Steve Jobs and company seem to have been our reliable guides to a […]

by Tom Fairchild
Activity Centers
Potomac Yard featured

FAST Potomac Yard Helping Community Save Big Money on Transportation

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:19 PM

Moving more people on a transportation network of roads, bridges, and rails is tricky business. Additional roads and transit lines are needed, and the existing network must be managed more efficiently. The latter process is called “transportation demand management (TDM),” and for neighborhoods like Arlington’s Potomac Yard, it can be a crucial factor in eliminating gridlock […]

by Tom Fairchild
Community Design
Parking Day Space featured

Does Park(ing) Day Make You Think Differently About How We Use Our Streets?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:57 PM

This Friday, September 20, join Mobility Lab and friends to celebrate Park(ing) Day. Try your hand at the game of Corn Hole!  Hear great tunes from our Mobility Lab songmeister guitarist, Paul Mackie!  Bring your own guitar, sitar, xylophone or tuba and make music for us! Bring your lunch!  Join the fun as we turn […]

by Tom Fairchild
Economic Prosperity
Measuring the City featured

Bike, Walk, and Transit Mean Business

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:41 AM

“Bikes Mean Business” was the theme of the just-wrapped National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. And on the heels of the highly successful summit, two of the world’s biggest business centers have released plans to spark huge growth in cycling. London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a $1.4 billion bicycle-infrastructure plan, designed to connect much […]

by Tom Fairchild
Community Design
R-B Corridor featured

Arlington Focuses on Moving People, Not Cars, in the Nation’s Worst Traffic Metro Area

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:10 PM

The Washington D.C. region’s traffic is the worst in the nation — even worse than Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York — according to a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute called the Urban Mobility Report. And in a news article about the findings by NBC Washington, one D.C. commuter says the reason is […]

by Tom Fairchild
Clouds featured

2013 Will be the Year of Streamlining Our Business Lives – Forbes

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:12 PM

How quickly will the workplace evolve in 2013? Brett Caine, a vice president at Citrix Online Services, has written a fascinating article at Forbes, and many of his trends portend good things for reducing our solo-driving footprints for getting to our jobs. By embracing technology, Caine envisions that businesses increasingly will offer work-at-home options to […]

by Tom Fairchild
Community Design
ITSV session featured

Virginia’s Transportation Officials Bring Intelligent Tech Ideas to Mobility Lab

Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:25 AM

“The success of tomorrow’s transportation system depends heavily on our ability to harness new technology today,” said Jeffrey Spencer, Intelligent Transportation Program Leader from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). He spoke at Mobility Lab as part of Tuesday’s Tech Session for the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITSVA). Spencer added that, around the U.S., transit […]

by Tom Fairchild
Activity Centers
Activity Centers featured

Washington DC Region Investing in a Vision for Dozens of “Downtowns”

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 4:31 PM

We all want to live in communities that offer us the chance to interact with other people and feel like we’re part of something vibrant. However, if one or two investments are off-base or not aligned with the vision of what the community wants, it can derail our hopes and dreams. The Metropolitan Washington Council […]

by Tom Fairchild