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Capital Bikeshare map

Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard With Bikeshare

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:19 PM

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about […]






by Jason Hardin
Community Design
Ted Eytan

Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:05 AM

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. A handful of innovators spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more about the movements of society is […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Uber CEO

Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Bigger Than Its Taxi Disruption

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:08 PM

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Top Techies and Sidewalks

Apps Are Not the Answer

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:47 AM

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Bike Crash

Collision Puts Messy Road Rules and Design in Spotlight

Thursday, August 13, 2015 5:05 PM

Road safety is something that should matter to everyone. Some cities are starting to address the issue by Vision Zero or through other measures. But in many cases, such as in relation to the increase in cycling for transport, these issues aren’t being addressed. The unimaginable happens daily and it’s not just how we react in the moment, […]






by Brendan Casey
Community Design
Transit Planners

Planning Tool Brings Hope for Transit Users

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 3:22 PM

Paul Supawanich and his colleagues want to make transit better. They see transit as a powerful force for good because it is efficient at moving lots of people. The problem, as many transit riders will tell you, is sometimes transit isn’t actually that efficient in terms of getting someone from one place to another. There […]






by Chris Plano
Community Design
UK rural street

Sharing the Road is a Fundamental Mindset for UK Drivers

Thursday, July 30, 2015 1:49 PM

I recently had the opportunity to drive in the UK with my family. While not my first time to Britain, it was my first time behind the wheel, and after three days traveling, I concluded that I probably had an easier time of it – as a U.S. driver coming to the UK – than […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Self Driving Car

Autonomous Vehicles Are a Traffic Solution Only Alongside Better City Planning

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:07 PM

Autonomous vehicles – or self driving cars – are promoted as a solution to congestion because researcher Todd Litman and many others expect that sensors will allow cars to travel closer together. But it has been proved time and time again that road-widening leads to induced demand, which means that additional lanes get just as […]






by Chris Plano
Commentary
Happy in the City

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 AM

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr. […]






by Tarik Endale
Activity Centers
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New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:58 AM

Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, municipalities control development using zoning regulations, tax policies, and infrastructure-investment decisions. Municipalities can choose to develop in an unconnected, low-density, suburban-style manner, or they can consider more compact, connected urban land uses. These decisions have enormous implications for a municipality’s finances, according […]






by Paul Goddin