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.

Community Design
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Capital Bikeshare is the Netflix of Transportation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:38 PM

The beauty of Capital Bikeshare lies not in how different or new the concept is but rather in how incredibly useful and easy it is to use. It seems likely that Steve Jobs, arguably the king of innovators, would have approved of Capital Bikeshare’s ability to become a break-out hit that consumers didn’t even know they wanted it in the first place.

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Environment
Apple

Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:37 AM

(This article was originally published by METRO Magazine.) As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. For years, Steve Jobs and company seem to have been our reliable guides to a […]

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Environment
Rebalancing

Film Looks at Capital Bikeshare From Contemporary-Art Perspective

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:13 PM

I was hearing some buzz around the Mobility Lab offices – where we share space with groups like Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and goDCgo – about this 25-minute documentary premiering at last month’s Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. So I got ahold of Rebalancing filmmaker Tim Cone through the festival’s organizers to ask him some […]

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Community Design
Houston Traffic

Fixing a Hole: Houston’s Traffic Nightmare

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:19 PM

Houston can be a tough sell. Despite a growing population, thriving culture and cuisine, booming economy, and ethnic diversity, we were built on a swamp. That means we are stuck with heat, humidity, mosquitos (at least in the summer) and views that don’t exactly rival San Francisco. And while we like to joke in self-deprecation […]

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SXSW’s Top 5 Transportation Trends

Monday, March 24, 2014 1:54 PM

Building on the car and ride sharing startups of 2013, smart transportation was a strong category at SXSW Interactive 2014 this month in Austin, Texas. The five trends worth watching for 2014 and beyond are big data, the sharing economy, smarter apps, smarter systems, and driverless cars. 1.     Big Data Big data continues to be the […]

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Pop Culture
metrobars

Which Metro Line Best Connects You to Shops and Restaurants?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:26 PM

Metro serves an important role for people who are car-free. And in fact, those 106 miles of track make it possible for many people to be car-free in the first place. But Metro is only one half of the equation; you still need the places you visit to be physically close to the Metro station. […]

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Economic Prosperity
Bikeswell

“Bikeswell” Details Arlington’s Vision as Best Biking City on East Coast

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:15 PM

Arlington County’s commitment to biking is pretty huge. And for any other place in the country looking to enhance its bicycling infrastructure and encourage a healthier populace and more vibrant cityscape – including attendees at the upcoming 2014 National Bike Summit on March 3-5 – BikeArlington’s recent Bikeswell movie is a must-see. Beyond the movie, […]

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Pop Culture
Specialized

Electric Bicycles Getting a Fresh Look in D.C.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:55 PM

If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have noticed an inordinate amount of car commercials. They showed you pristine rides along sunny coastal highways, open roads dripping with freedom, and Bob Dylan claiming that cars are America. This may still be true in parts of the country, but the reality in Washington D.C. and […]

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Pop Culture
Hitchcock

Overheard on Transit: 30 Days of Eavesdropping

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:58 AM

Riding the bus, train, or metro isn’t exactly a communal experience but, unlike driving, isn’t a solitary one either. Even if you’re commuting alone, you’re never really alone. Overheard conversations by one’s fellow passengers can be one of the mildly voyeuristic satisfactions of public transit. A snippet of conversation is a brief glimpse into another […]

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Pop Culture
Car Free Diet

Video: Inspiration for a Car-Free Lifestyle

Monday, November 25, 2013 10:06 AM

Here’s a nice short inspiring video from Arlington County’s Car-Free Diet. The initiative is all about ”the easy, fun way to see how incredible it can feel to live a car-free or car-lite lifestyle. Each time you leave your car at home — choosing instead to ride ART or Metro, bike, walk or telework — you can save money, improve your health and clean […]

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