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Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand

The term “affordable housing finance” isn’t quite as catchy as “carshare,” “bikeshare,” or any of the other technology improvements helping promote transportation demand management. Yet for low-income members of our communities, who stand to benefit the most from those solutions, affordable housing finance should be considered, and put to use as, a TDM strategy. In… Read more »

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Transportation options are looking different – sidewalks should too

An article on Mobility Lab last year about Uber and urban form proposed: can we extend the disruption in transportation to a disruption in urban design? Since that post, cities, public transit authorities and the U.S. Department of Transportation have further defined formal roles for ridesharing services and smartphone apps. Innovation in urban planning, however, lacks… Read more »

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Who would be a transportation planner in this day and age?

Let’s face it, transport’s problems are, at best, getting no worse. In my nearest city of London, the average vehicle speed today is the same as it was in the days of the horse-drawn cart, with a vastly higher vehicle throughput. As mentioned by Howard Jennings and Paul Mackie’s article on February 8, transport is… Read more »

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Federal agencies highlight the intersection of housing and transportation

People often consider the costs of owning or renting a home and getting to and from it as completely separate items in their budgets. They also likely consider these items as highly personal and local matters beyond the influence of the federal government. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Housing Secretary Julian Castro made the… Read more »

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Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health

This post originally appeared at the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health blog. Does the way we move around our cities make us, and the planet, healthier or indeed happier? In order to answer this question, we need to take a step back to understand why we move around our cities as we do… Read more »

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The case for continued bikeshare innovation

Bikeshare has successfully made its way into the transport landscape around much of the world. Now that nearly 1,000 systems have been established globally, the proof of concept was the easy part and the hard part is just beginning – broadening the service to people who don’t ride a bike and who are a majority… Read more »

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Bike parking gets people riding – Here’s how to build it right

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… Read more »

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Inside the planning of Baltimore’s transit overhaul

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… Read more »

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Debunking common myths about bikeshare in the suburbs

“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,… Read more »