Videos

Welcome to our videos, many of which will be helpful to you in finding options to get people out of single-occupancy vehicles and into other more beneficial modes of travel, such as biking, walking, buses, trains, ridesharing, and working from home. See more videos on our YouTube page (http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMobilityLab/videos).

Community Design
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Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:09 PM

The new Silver Line connects the economically-crucial Dulles Corridor in Northern Virginia with the rest of the region by Metrorail. With Phase I complete, a rider can reach five new stations leading out to Reston, Virginia. One stop before the Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line to the five new stops is the […]






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Economic Prosperity
Anthony Foxx

Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says

Monday, July 21, 2014 4:20 PM

Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out […]






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Commentary
SFpark: A stylish change in parking policy for stylish San Francisco. Source: SFMTA.

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:21 PM

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in […]






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Economic Prosperity
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Elly Blue Works to Build Economic Equality for Bicycling Movement

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:28 PM

Elly Blue and her team of bike activists – which include a cook and the founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel – recently visited the Washington D.C. area and, with support from BikeArlington, held an evening gathering at Mobility Lab. Blue, an independent publisher, has written a series of books on the societal benefits of biking. […]






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Economic Prosperity
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Bikes Are Not a Sign of Poverty, They Are a Great Equalizer

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:11 PM

In the documentary Urbanized, the former mayor of Bogota, Enrique Penalosa, speaks about how his focus on bike use has had an impact on the social hierarchy in the city (he also does so in the short Streetfilms video above). The introduction of bike paths in the Colombian capital opened up opportunities for people of all […]






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Community Design
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Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

Thursday, June 12, 2014 3:12 PM

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns. In it, advocates ranging from professors to urban planners explain the deleterious effect these “depressions in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of […]






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Community Design
Copehagenize

Why Not Copenhagenize Our Streets Now?

Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:00 AM

Copenhagen is, of course, a landmark of great transportation change over the past two decades. But it wasn’t always that way. A pedestrian way was initially proposed to get people on the streets and cars off. Citizens refused, saying that walking was not for them. It was not a part of their culture. However, following […]






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Community Design
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Would Protected Bike Lanes Encourage You to Bike More?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:32 AM

This article was originally published in the May-June 2014 issue of Arlington’s The Citizen.) In the last few years, bike-lane design has seen big changes in cities across the United States. The most notable change is the emergence of protected bike lanes. This relatively simple layout option is based on the concept that streets should be […]






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Newsroom
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What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Around When Visiting a City?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1:32 PM

We started a new series last week called “Mobility Lab Question of the Week,” and received an encouraging amount of feedback and an interesting mix of ideas across our many social-media channels. Here are some of our favorite replies, but first let’s review the question in this seven-second video of Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild: I […]






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Travel/Tourism
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Touring by Bike in Cities without Bikeshare

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:40 PM

What’s your favorite way to tour a new city? Share your thoughts either in the comments below or by sending us a short video explaining your choice. We may publish our findings. What’s an avid biker to do when touring to a city without bikeshare? To me, renting a car to explore a city seems akin to […]






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