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walk to school

Seven Reasons to Let Your Child Walk or Bike to School

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:33 PM

May 7 is Walk and Bike to School Day 2014 in Arlington, Virginia (and Bike to School Day nationally), but once a year isn’t the only time students can participate in these activities. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program designed to encourage walking and biking to school on a more regular basis, by providing public schools […]

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Community Design
TechiesDCHealth

Bringing Active Transportation, Health, Open Data, and Techies Together in One Place

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:06 PM

At the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth), we are huge fans of technology, when it is used to improve community conditions to produce health. That’s why we’re a special guest – or I should say, the DC/MD/VA Transportation Techies is a special guest – at the Center for Total Health, on March 6 (RSVP here). Reason #1 […]

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Health
Metro Hack Night

From mHealth to Sustainable Mobility: DC Transportation Techies Meetup

Friday, January 3, 2014 1:21 PM

My colleague Connie Chen, MD (@ConnieEChen) recently asked me while walking in Washington, DC, what kinds of conferences I go to these days, if not mhealth ones. I replied, “mobile health, but not as in cell phones, as in transportation.” Last evening I attended a new meetup in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, “Transportation Techies” […]

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Environment
Behavior mode

Images, Emotions are Keys to Getting People Out of Their Cars

Monday, December 23, 2013 12:02 PM

Last month I attended the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento, California. In its seventh year, the conference brings together experts and practitioners interested in understanding more about individual and organizational behavior, and how it relates to climate change, energy usage, sustainable practices, and more. As transportation demand management practitioners, behavior change is […]

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Health
Stephanie Movie

Video: Transportation Solutions for Aging in Auto-Centric America

Thursday, December 19, 2013 2:34 PM

The vast majority of us will outlive our driving years by about a decade. That means we’ll need to rely on a variety of transportation services to help us get around. While 42 percent of area agencies on aging offer older drivers safety training so that we can stay on the road longer, fewer than […]

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Health
GoldSpike with Natalie Currie and Asha Aravindakshan

Why Not Have a Walking Meeting? Here’s How

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:43 PM

I was one of about 1,500 people to attend the inaugural SXSW V2V hosted at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada back in August.   V2V – which stands for a bunch of things, including Visionaries to Vegas, Vision to Venture, Voice to Voice, and Venture to Vegas — was all about learning the skills, […]

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Commentary
Arlington peds

Financial Returns for Arlington Transportation Yielding Healthy Sums

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:09 PM

If an additional 1 percent of Arlington adults started getting the CDC-recommended levels of physical activity by walking or biking for their daily commute, the annual cost savings would be $7.5 million in the first year due to reduced mortality and $12 million per year due to reductions in lost productivity, workers’ compensation claims, and […]

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Health
Seniors in Bike Lane slideshow

A Safer Driver is One with a Bicyclist’s Perspective

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:40 AM

The biggest obstacle to safely riding a bicycle is the inattentiveness of drivers. This was one of the points I drove home as a panelist at the 2013 Fairfax Bike Summit earlier this month. While people on bicycles surely need to learn and obey the biking laws where they ride, there are many more of […]

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Health
Kaiser Lunch

Health and Transportation Connect During “Lunch At the Lab”

Thursday, October 10, 2013 4:56 PM

Photo by M.V. Jantzen [View the story "Health and Transportation Connect During "Lunch At the Lab"" on Storify]

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Community Design
LaHood elevator poster featured

Mobility Lab’s Ray LaHood Event Set to Inspire Transportation Options for Americans

Thursday, October 3, 2013 3:07 PM

Bicycle advocates love Ray LaHood. And no wonder. The former Republican Congressman from Illinois and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation doesn’t do quiet, uninspiring speeches. He’s been to five straight League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summits and, in 2010, he was “made famous” by jumping onto a table (see the video above) to […]

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