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Bike Friendly is Business Friendly

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:42 PM

It has been well documented that having happy and fit employees helps productivity and the bottom line, but many businesses may be overlooking one of the cheaper ways to support a healthy work place: becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business through the League of American Bicyclists. And businesses in Arlington, Virginia may find earning that designation especially easy […]






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Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable

Monday, November 3, 2014 10:44 AM

This article was originally published by Tech Cocktail. Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more […]






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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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Millennials Sticking With Transit, Boomers Sticking With Cars

Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 AM

It seems that, when it comes to making our transportation choices, as we age, we are most likely to rebel against the ways we traveled in our youth. These are among the findings by TransitCenter in Who’s On Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey. There is evidence that Millennials grew up in their early years under […]






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As D.C. Ages, Inclusive Transportation Options Needed

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 4:08 PM

There are several ways Washington D.C. has failed to maximize inclusive mobility options for older adults and seniors. And a new report from the Coalition for Smarter Growth, details solutions that can help the city become more age-friendly. Older adults make up 11 percent of the District’s population. Baby boomers, the oldest of whom are […]






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Scoring Your Commute: Driving Can Be a Very Poor Choice

Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:33 PM

While living in the Washington D.C. region the past two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to always live right next to Metrorail (U Street, Pentagon City, and now NoMA) while working from home half of the time and out of 1776 (near McPherson Square and Farragut North) the other half. This has allowed me to […]






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The High Line in New York City

Are Streets, Like Fences, a Relic of Another Era?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 10:54 AM

“Good fences make good neighbors,” Robert Frost wrote in the poem “Mending Wall.” It is a line that captures the 1914 poem’s themes of boundaries, ownership, and privacy perfectly. But today, 100 years later, fences are becoming more of a quaint notion in an increasingly urbanized world. According to the United Nations, which has been […]






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Bike Count

Better Data Collection is Path to Helping People Bike and Walk

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:07 AM

There is not yet a nationally accepted standardized method for conducting counts of bicyclists and pedestrians, and the frequency of conducting counts varies among states and cities. There have been numerous efforts to create a more reliable means to measure travel. In 2005, Barnes and Krizek developed a formula for determining total bicycling trips by multiplying the […]






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How to Build an Active-Transportation Plan at Your Workplace

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:20 PM

Employees looking to make a business case to their bosses for better workplace amenities for biking, walking, and taking public would have found a recent goDCgo event helpful. “If this is not a priority for senior management and Human Resources, make a business case, tie it to the bottom line, and prove your case. The […]






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Sprawl

Arlington’s Embrace of Transit-Oriented Development Linked to Health, Sprawl Study Says

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:41 AM

We have been taught to hate sprawl in America, yet, in the past 10 years, our country has become, on average, slightly more sprawling than in the decade prior. That was one finding of Smart Growth America’s Measuring Sprawl 2014 report, released earlier this month. The study, conducted by University of Utah city planning professor […]






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