Pop Culture

You might ask what mobility management has to do with pop culture. As Christopher Leinberger, land-use strategist and distinguished scholar at George Washington University, has stated, Hollywood does more market research than any other industry. Movies, television, music, and books not only reflect where we are as a culture, but where we want to go (often quite literally). If TV stars, superheroes, or zombies can assist in informing us on quality-of-life issues, start a dialogue, and get people out of their single-occupancy vehicles, then we’re all for it.

Pop Culture
Thomas Stokell Love to Ride

Tech “Hacks” Help Create Critical Mass for Bicycling

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:26 AM

The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest Transportation Techies event: Bike Hack Night […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:33 PM

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and […]






by Lisa Nisenson
How To
SuperHeroes

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

Friday, March 6, 2015 2:08 PM

If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies could attract more discretionary or choice riders if […]






by Chris Hamilton
Education
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5 Ways Our Transportation Vocabulary Makes Absolutely No Sense

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:33 PM

Planners (myself included) love to bemoan our society’s over-reliance on the automobile. We attribute it to misguided-land use policies that promote sprawl, and funding biases that direct more money toward paving roads than expanding transit service. We even acknowledge that we are up against a “car culture” or “America’s love affair with the automobile” which […]






by Monique Wahba
Education
Transit Apps

7 Apps Public Transportation Users Need Now

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:38 PM

In days gone by, those who used public transit were at the mercy of the drivers or train operators, traffic, and fate. Sure, there were schedules, and you could read the daily newspaper or a paperback while you hoped, waited, and wished for your bus to show up, but that’s about it. Enter mobile applications […]






by Jay Deratany
Community Design
Rideshare

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Litman

Transit is Efficient, Attractive, Enjoyable, Prestigious, and, Yes, Safe

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:44 PM

Transit is a very safe form of transportation, not only in terms of safety from accidents, but also in terms of personal security from crimes and theft. A new study authored by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute argues that the narrative for transit needs to be changed to emphasize this fact. Litman’s […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
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Time is On Our Side With Automated Vehicles

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 3:30 PM

A man climbs into the cab of a tractor trailer, hauling himself into the massive driver’s seat and shutting the door behind him as if settling into a captain’s chair. The steering wheel is massive, evoking the wheel of a mighty sailing ship even at it protruds from a dashboard covered in electronic controls and […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Parkign sign

6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:55 PM

This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders […]






by Lisa Nisenson
Commentary
TC Types People

Strong Messages Needed to Influence America’s Seven “Transportation Types”

Thursday, September 18, 2014 4:00 AM

America has seven “transportation types,” according to a new study by TransitCenter, and these seven common attitudes should inspire more creativity for communicators and marketers aiming to help increase ridership on public transportation. You can see the seven different types in the chart to the right. Two types are not worth focusing on at all. […]






by Paul Mackie