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.

Education
Biking for Everyone

There is No Right or Wrong Way to Be a Cyclist

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 12:59 PM

This article was also published by BikeArlington. If you’re interested in starting to ride a bike, be it for leisure, fitness, convenience, or whatever, you almost certainly have sought out advice on how to get started. You might have heard people say that “road bikes are the best,” “a cruiser bike is all you need,” […]






by Marc Mitcham
Community Design
StreetsCamp people

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 4:00 PM

It’s up to the residents of a city to lobby for the transportation solutions that best serve their community. That was the subtext of various workshops at the first-ever StreetsCamp, which took place on Saturday at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Education in Washington D.C. Led by Christy Kwan of the Alliance for Biking and […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
SC

StreetsCamp Lights Up the Twitterverse: Storytelling Edition

Monday, June 22, 2015 1:59 PM

Also see excellent coverage of this storytelling session by Greater Greater Washington. [View the story “StreetsCamp Lights Up the Twitter-verse: Storytelling Edition” on Storify]






by Paul Mackie
Activity Centers
Dupont bus

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:50 AM

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
Friendly Persuasion

A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation

Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:35 AM

The art of persuasion was on display in two sessions at the end of the Center for Transportation Excellence conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. When attempting to convince someone to try something new – such as transportation alternatives to driving – arguing facts simply won’t work and usually makes the situation worse, according […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Social media voting

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:09 PM

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people […]






by Paul Mackie
Education
PAL logo

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 3:33 PM

Arlington hasn’t unveiled its new PAL marketing campaign yet, but Mobility Lab received a preview of it. Soon to show up on ART buses, in Arlington Metro stations, and in local newspapers, the new series of ads are colorful and friendly in their gentle and light-hearted admonition for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to show each […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
MBTA Twitter

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:45 AM

Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer, the author of a recent award-winning study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are […]






by Janna Starcic
Community Design
Corral 1

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

Friday, May 15, 2015 1:05 PM

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off […]






by Paul Goddin
Toolkit
Atoz 1

Bikeshare Opens Major Possibilities for People Who Use CarFreeAtoZ

Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:36 AM

One of the key strengths of bikeshare is how it effectively expands the transportation network for its users. It unlocks new travel options that might not otherwise be possible, even for people with their own bikes. Now that CarFreeAtoZ supports bikeshare as an option, we can begin to see this impact more clearly than ever. […]






by David Emory