Community Design

Community Design
Takoma bike parking

Bike Parking Gets People Riding – Here’s How to Build It Right

Monday, February 8, 2016 10:52 AM

Arlington County updates its guide to bicycle parking best practices What do the cities with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters have in common? The first answer that comes to mind may be on-street bicycle facilities with wonky names like “sharrows” or “cycle tracks.” While excellent surface infrastructure is important, another piece of the truth […]

by Michael Ryan
Community Design
Riders board a bus in Baltimore

Inside the Planning of Baltimore’s Transit Overhaul

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:40 AM

How to refresh a bus system to better serve a city Transit in the Baltimore region as offered by the Maryland Transit Administration has essentially been an ongoing expansion project since the inception of streetcar services in the late 19th century. While there have been efforts to update the bus network, as well as the overall […]

by Joshua Diamond
Community Design
Bikeshare on a suburban road

Debunking Common Myths about Bikeshare in the Suburbs

Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:56 AM

“There’s no need for a bikeshare station here. People in this neighborhood already have bikes.” As bikeshare expands beyond Arlington, Virginia’s densest neighborhoods along Metro corridors, this is a comment the county’s bikeshare planners hear a lot from the public. At first blush, it makes a certain amount of sense. If someone owns a bike, […]

by Jason Hardin
Community Design
Empty parking garage

Three Ways to Transform Overbuilt Parking into Transportation Options

Friday, January 15, 2016 11:33 AM

The ills of minimum parking requirements – inducing demand for cars, increasing congestion, and raising the cost of real estate, to name a few – have been well documented. In the last decade, broad driving-related trends, such as decreases in car ownership per household and vehicle miles traveled, suggest requiring more than one parking space […]

by Michael Ryan
Community Design
Rider takes the last bikeshare bike

Bikeshare Ridership Tracks Arlington Metro Corridors, But New Patterns Are Also Emerging

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 12:02 PM

If you use Capital Bikeshare in Arlington, Va., you likely have an idea of which stations are the busiest. And if you guessed those closest to Metro stations, you’re right. But the beauty of examining data and creating visual representations of that data is that it often reveals less obvious patterns, including usage patterns beyond […]

by Jason Hardin
Community Design
Overpass Kittner_20151014_9092 web

Transportation Leadership 2.0 – Arlington, Technology, and the Future of Place

Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:58 PM

What will it take to jump-start Arlington’s “plan B” for transit? The county’s previous “plan A,” two streetcar lines along Columbia Pike and Crystal City, didn’t go as planned. Instead, the county unexpectedly cancelled both lines, leaving the community reeling with big questions of “why?” and “what’s next?” In October, Arlington held its inaugural TEDx […]

by Lisa Nisenson
Community Design
Aerial parking, Jeffrey Smith web

Carsharing Can Open Parking Spaces to Happier, Healthier Lives for All

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 1:58 PM

Car ownership is an anchor on our choices and habits. It creates inertia against change. This is most obvious when we think of the ways in which owning a car requires physical public sacrifices that cities have accepted for decades: parking spaces at home and at destinations, space for roadways. The assumption that people will […]

by Melissa McMahon
Community Design
Roanoke River Greenway, thanh.ha.dang web

Roanoke Crash Case Highlights How Difficult It Is for Us All to Share Space

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 1:12 PM

This past summer, a Roanoke, Va., circuit court awarded a cyclist $300,000 for injuries she had received as the result of a collision. After an article in the August 5 edition of The Roanoke Times detailed the specifics of the accident, many in the community were up in arms over the decision, particularly the charge […]

by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Kittner_CC crosswalk

Disrupting Mobility Now, Not in Some Distant Future

Friday, November 13, 2015 12:13 PM

At the Disrupting Mobility 2015 Summit, Paul DeLong of car2go said he’s sick of fighting with wife about missing his kids grow up because of the horrendous traffic between work in downtown Austin and his home 17 miles north of the city. “The more people talk about this and the more we can tell this […]

by Paul Mackie
Rainy Boston

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

Thursday, November 12, 2015 1:42 PM

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government. Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to […]

by Paul Mackie