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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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Protected Bike Lane

Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes

Friday, August 22, 2014 11:51 AM

Chris Eatough, a former professional biker and the director of BikeArlington, envisions an Arlington County where there are more bikes than cars. In order to get there, says Eatough, the county needs to create a connected network of protected bike lanes. Eatough has spent the last five years helping to guide the county’s transformation into […]






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A Wiggle, Protected Lanes, and Bikeshare Bring Hope to San Francisco Bicycle Commuting

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:16 AM

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. There’s no doubt the city is a leader at promoting bike riding. However, even in San Francisco, where dozens of riders pour down the protected bike lanes of Market Street every minute […]






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Activity Centers
Mini NYC

Suburbs – The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability?

Thursday, August 14, 2014 1:55 PM

Washington D.C. is the most walkable metropolitan area in the U.S., according to a report by George Washington University and Smart Growth America. The District’s number-one ranking has surprised some, prompting them to ask how D.C. was able to surpass places such as New York City, which not only contains one of the best subway […]






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Health
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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Sound Transit

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:52 AM

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them — […]






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Policy
Key Bridge Bikers

Capital Bikeshare’s Regional Approach is a Winning Formula

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:58 PM

People who ride the Washington D.C. region’s Capital Bikeshare system tend to ignore geopolitical boundaries. And that can be advantageous to the jurisdictions that feature the bikesharing program. CaBi, as it’s popularly known, was begun as a joint venture between the District and Arlington, Virginia, back in 2010. Two years later, Alexandria, Virginia joined the […]






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Missed Connections Map

Where to Find Love? Ride Public Transportation

Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:24 PM

There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but with dating opportunities as […]






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Earl Kiang and Panel of Judges at GMU Outside the Box Conference

Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins George Mason Competition

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:08 PM

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy. Winner […]






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Bike Lane Walk

U.S. Government Should Improve Its Trip Data

Friday, July 18, 2014 11:00 AM

This article was originally published by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. There are two major surveys that are a tremendous help to bicycle and pedestrian advocates in better understanding the progress for our cause. They are great, yet they still could be much improved. The American Community Survey (ACS), which is performed every year […]






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