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Veronica O. Davis and Chris H

Messages for Getting People to Bike Need to Be Revamped

Monday, October 6, 2014 11:40 AM

Veronica O. Davis thinks “bike to work” is the wrong message. “Bike advocates need to focus on recreational trips. If you start off with, hey, you should bike to work, it becomes overwhelming for a lot of people. But if you start with getting people who have access to a bike to go for a […]






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Gentrification is Not a Left-Right Issue, It’s a Clash of Values

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:19 PM

Author Ben Ross spoke at today’s Lunch At the Lab at Mobility Lab. Below are select tweets about the ways people are discussing gentrification and how it’s shaping the worlds of affordable housing, transit, and urbanism in general.






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Carpool Roanoke

Uber, Lyft May Add Convenience … And Traffic Jams

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10:14 AM

This article is adapted from one published at RIDE Solutions. Uber and Lyft aren’t in Roanoke yet, but they’re now, temporarily, legal in Virginia. For cities like mine, where Uber and Lyft will eventually arrive, it may be time to ask what these companies bring to the sustainable transportation table? As it turns out, it may not […]






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Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:44 PM

This article is adapted from the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Last week’s Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare, recognized 50 companies in the D.C. region. And it is notable that four out of the five “healthiest employers” finalists from Arlington County are also Arlington […]






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Businesses Can Play Key Role in Boosting Public Transportation Ridership

Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 AM

People who are offered transit benefits from an employer use them. At Arlington Transportation Partners, we spend a lot of time building relationships with Arlington County, Virginia employers, educating them about the many transportation benefits they could be offering. Do they have a Capital Bikeshare station across the street from their office? We pitch Capital […]






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Companies Using Games to Promote Active Employee Transportation

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:58 PM

Gamification will have a significant impact on mobility, traffic, and transportation. Games engage and involve people, and contestants solve problems and learn while playing. Apply the game principle to the field of transportation and the opportunity arises to work on hard-to-change habits such as the daily commute or texting while driving. One of the very […]






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Velvet Rope

Suburbanites Seek Status Behind “Velvet Rope,” Argues Transit Activist Ross

Thursday, September 4, 2014 3:42 PM

Why do so many Americans choose to live in the suburbs, despite the increasingly long commute times and lack of community often associated with these places? Benjamin Ross, a Washington D.C.-based transit activist whose grass-roots lobbying efforts led to the planned Purple Line in Maryland, argues that suburbia has a persistent allure because it is […]






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North American Bikeshare Association Launches in U.S.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:39 AM

The North American Bikeshare Association has just launched to help guide the new and fast-growing bikesharing industry. The term “bikeshare” is quickly becoming a household term, with programs now in more than 300 cities worldwide. In the United States, bikeshare programs exist in more than 60 municipalities, from large cities such as New York to […]






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A Wiggle, Protected Lanes, and Bikeshare Bring Hope to San Francisco Bicycle Commuting

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:16 AM

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. There’s no doubt the city is a leader at promoting bike riding. However, even in San Francisco, where dozens of riders pour down the protected bike lanes of Market Street every minute […]






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Sound Transit

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:52 AM

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them — […]






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