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Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise

Montgomery County, Md., is working to provide a system of systems to make it easier for everyone to get around – a multimodal network. Together with the existing Metrorail and bus networks, more multimodal options are coming online, with a vision of lessening the number of cars on the county’s gridlocked roadways. Ride On extRa (or… Read more »

3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)

How will driverless cars safely navigate the roads of all American cities, avoiding crashes and injuries, where sensors have never been and for which telematics data are not robust? Answering this fundamental question is essential for widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles and also very valuable for that industry – including car manufacturers, carsharing companies, and shipping and delivery companies –… Read more »

5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely

This is the second of a three-part series on how bicyclists and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. Part 1 is here. The suggestions in this series were originally developed in January at a planning session sponsored by the Eno Center for Transportation that the author designed and facilitated with fellow Mobility Lab contributor Lisa Nisenson. Eno will… Read more »

Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous

The smart-growth and transit revolution of the last decade or two has had only partial success. Despite some revitalized cities and some new transit, sprawl remains dominant in America. On the heels of this incomplete revolution comes a new one: automated vehicles (AVs) that are certain to alter land use and transit. As the predominance… Read more »

Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes

This is the first of a three-part series on how bicyclists, pedestrians, and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. When I’m pedaling down North Pershing Drive in Arlington, Va., dodging cars or car doors or trash and delivery trucks, Mobility Mama wonders how her kids ever make it anywhere incident free. “We never ride on Pershing, we… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Determining if your city is ready for the dockless-bikeshare revolution

This article is excerpted and adapted from one originally published by Alta Planning + Design. As the name suggests, dockless bikeshare does not require a docking station  —  an expense that sometimes limits the number of bikes a city can afford. With dockless systems, bicycles can be parked within a defined district at a bike… Read more »

Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds

Bicycle fatalities are rising and the average age for fatalities continues to rise, according to a report released today by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. As the Washington Post notes, “Forty years ago, riding a bike was child’s play, and the overwhelming majority of those killed in bike crashes were children. [But] the average age… Read more »

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies

Traffic wastes time and money almost everywhere on the planet, so congestion is the bogeyman many transportation planners hope to defeat. Attendees at the most-recent Transportation Techies Meetup – held at Mobility Lab in Arlington, Va., and focused on traffic solutions – got a taste of several early-stage tech/planning options. “Data and technology are becoming… Read more »