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
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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Community Design
Walt Tejada by Aimee Custis

Columbia Pike Streetcar, Affordable Housing Merit Award for Arlington’s Tejada

Friday, May 16, 2014 2:30 PM

Because of his work on the Arlington County Board to adopt of a visionary plan for the Columbia Pike corridor, the Coalition for Smarter Growth honored Walter Tejada with its Livable Communities Leadership Award on Thursday night. Tejada, at a swanky awards ceremony at Epic Studio in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle, told the story of […]






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Community Design
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10 Rules for Construction of Good Bicycle Parking

Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:17 PM

Arlington, Virginia takes bicycling seriously. It partnered with Washington D.C. to create arguably the most successful bikesharing network in the U.S., Capital Bikeshare. Arlington contains more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes over a relatively small 26.1 square miles of space. The county prides itself on its world-class multimodal […]






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