Toolkit

Mobility Lab offers a toolkit for transportation planners.

Much of the material here provides insight into how Arlington County, Virginia and Washington D.C. have implemented transportation-oriented development that works and can easily be replicated. The toolkit includes actual tools, marketing promotions, and strategies that have been utilized by these locales, but also ones that have been shown to work from places all over the world.

Check back often because we plan to better organize the toolbox into helpful and easy-to-navigate categories such as bicycle programs, marketing, behavior change, business incentives, energy savings, key research, policy, community design, improving traffic, and jobs.

If you have tools that you think may fit in nicely into the toolbox, we would love to hear from you. You can send your ideas and insights to Paul Mackie, director of communications, at Paul.Mackie@MobilityLab.org.

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OCTA vids

Transit Systems Tap Video’s Storytelling Ability to Attract, Inform Riders

Monday, August 25, 2014 2:37 PM

This article was originally published by METRO Magazine, by senior editor Nicole Schlosser. As a growing number of riders and the general public look to online videos for information and entertainment — video consumption in the U.S. has been generally increasing, according to comScore — some transit systems are producing their own videos to more […]






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How To
LinkedIn

LinkedIn, Facebook Show How They Get Employees to Bike and Walk

Monday, August 4, 2014 7:24 PM

The bike/pedestrian coordinators from LinkedIn and Facebook stopped by the first day of the Association for Commuter Transportation conference in San Francisco to offer tips on how their businesses work to ease traffic. “One of best things you can do is to get a couple of community bikes. People will try them and realize that […]






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Education
Malouff at Lab

Tips for Effective Transportation Blogging

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:09 PM

This article was also published by Greater Greater Washington. Begin with your most important point. Use short sentences and clear, non-jargony language. Remember your end goal. These were among the tips BeyondDC creator and Greater Greater Washington  (GGW) blogger Dan Malouff imparted at this week’s Lunch at the Lab. Malouff discussed effective blogging and how to get published by websites such […]






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Commentary
TDM in Arlington

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Monday, July 7, 2014 4:34 PM

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar […]






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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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Education
Walking to work slideshow

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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Commentary
Bike Kids

Bicycling Gains Could Eventually Put U.S. Cities on Par with Copenhagen

Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:03 PM

The mainstreaming of bicycling is nothing short of a comeback story in the United States. Bicycle ridership generally is up, and so is bike commuting, particularly in some key urban markets. In automobile-congested but bicycle-friendly regions such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the ability of bikes to outmaneuver automobiles and avoid headache-inducing […]






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Community Design
Rails-to-Trails Minneapolis

Understanding Trail Use to Mainstream Biking and Walking

Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:46 PM

This article was originally published by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. A three-year, $1.2-million initiative with the potential to set a new standard for trail planning in America was launched by my organization, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this month. In partnership with researchers and trail managers in 12 U.S. cities, RTC will lead the first-ever nationwide survey of urban […]






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Community Design
ACCS

County Bureau Gets Creative Moving People Instead of Cars

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 11:04 AM

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) looks and operates more like a start-up tech company than a government agency. The transportation demand management (TDM) arm of the Virginia county has an energy one might not normally expect in a government office. Busily decorated with site plan documents pinned to walls, bookcases filled with business management paperbacks, […]






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Community Design
Bike Lane Union Station

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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