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Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

Friday, May 1, 2015 3:10 PM

If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage – air pollution, urban sprawl, obesity, and traffic congestion, to name a few. It is not just the U.S. that is contemplating a car “divorce.” […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:30 PM

I switched up my usual commute this morning and ditched my bike for the chance to try out Bridj, a Boston-based “pop-up bus transit” startup company that launched this week in Washington D.C. The company offers flexible shuttle routes that adapt based on the locations of who has booked a ride during a given period […]






by Brendan Casey
Community Design
Mayor Vincent Gray

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Friday, April 17, 2015 10:52 AM

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white […]






by Chris Hamilton
Community Design
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School Bicycling Safety in Alexandria, Virginia Gets a Look From Tech Hackers

Monday, April 13, 2015 1:52 PM

If you asked a student how long it takes to get from her high school to her house on a bike, she might tell you how long it takes to drive – something she’s familiar with – followed by a guess that it takes even longer to ride home on a bike. Of course, the […]






by Randy Cole
Community Design
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Four Ways to Inspire Bike Riders in Your Small Community

Thursday, March 19, 2015 1:09 PM

This is based on an article originally published by Arlington Transportation Partners. Because of its small geographic size as the fourth-smallest county in the U.S., Arlington County, Virginia is a good example of how small communities and towns can make it easy for people to choose bicycling as a commuting option. Here are four tips […]






by Elizabeth Denton
Community Design
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SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:33 PM

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and […]






by Lisa Nisenson
Activity Centers
Provincetown

We Need to Ask More Questions About How We Move Through Places

Friday, March 6, 2015 10:16 AM

There appears to be two lines of thinking about bicyclists and pedestrians in the modal mix. On the one hand, there is a growing movement for separated bicycle facilities – not just bike lanes but ones with a physical barrier offering true separation from automobile traffic. On the other hand, there is the idea of […]






by Monique Wahba
Community Design
Renewal Complete

How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:27 PM

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign to, among other things, build support for massive infrastructure projects that were proposed in cities across the country – […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Autotopia

An Inside Glimpse of How Parking is Going High Tech

Monday, February 23, 2015 2:23 PM

The January edition of Transportation Techies, titled “Autotopia,” focused on moving cars from A to B. And a key theme of the night was: where exactly are we going to stash all these cars once they arrive at their destinations? Parking garages along main thoroughfares can fill quickly, while garages down a back alley might […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
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Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

Friday, February 20, 2015 2:44 PM

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our transportation […]






by Paul Goddin