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Social Bicycles Offers Leaner, Data-Happy Bikeshare Option

Monday, November 17, 2014 1:50 PM

City bikeshare programs are ballooning across the country with a fairly simple concept – docked bikes that can be rented via credit card at the docking site or through an annual membership plan. Can this model be improved? Social Bicycles (SoBi) certainly thinks so. Patrick Hoffman, product manager for New York-based SoBi, said the idea […]






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D.C. Using Data to Envision Bike Lanes of the Future

Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:02 PM

One bike every 13 seconds. One-hundred fifteen bikes in a 15-minute period. That’s what newly installed bicycle sensors recorded during a recent evening rush hour on the 15th Street cycle track – a massive number considering the bike lane itself is just two years old. Darren Buck, the head of the Washington D.C. Department of […]






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The Who, What, When, Where, Whys of CarFreeAtoZ

Friday, November 7, 2014 3:23 PM

As part of its Transit Tech Initiative, Arlington County is beta launching CarFreeAtoZ, an online resource for travelers in Arlington and the greater Washington region. What is CarFreeAtoZ? It’s the Washington D.C. region’s first multi-modal trip planning and comparison tool. Bike to metro to walk on your way to work? Sick of driving your car […]






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Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable

Monday, November 3, 2014 10:44 AM

This article was originally published by Tech Cocktail. Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more […]






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Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:18 AM

I really enjoyed this week’s “Fix My Commute,” the inaugural forum in the Washington Post’s America Answers series. It was a first-class event that brought together a fascinating array of national experts and progressive mayors focused on solving the problems of increasing traffic congestion. And while it was acknowledged again and again that our infrastructure […]






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Community Design
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6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:55 PM

This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders […]






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Online Mapping

Building Better Online Transit Mapping For All

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 1:19 PM

One of the exciting aspects of the Arlington Transit Tech Initiative is how it rethinks the way information about travel options is visually presented. In April, we introduced you to the Transitive.js library, a web-based platform created specifically for this project. Today, we look at how it can serve as a resource not just for […]






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Community Design
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New Shared-Space Residential Project Made Possible by Arlington’s Tech, Transit

Friday, September 12, 2014 10:19 AM

A new shared-space residential project by Vornado and WeWork, approved in July by the county board, will be Arlington, Virginia’s first micro-unit project, and could be priced affordably. The Crystal City project will be a temporary revamp of the vacant Crystal Plaza 6 office building at 2221 South Clark Street, which is scheduled to be […]






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Companies Using Games to Promote Active Employee Transportation

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:58 PM

Gamification will have a significant impact on mobility, traffic, and transportation. Games engage and involve people, and contestants solve problems and learn while playing. Apply the game principle to the field of transportation and the opportunity arises to work on hard-to-change habits such as the daily commute or texting while driving. One of the very […]






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Scoring Your Commute: Driving Can Be a Very Poor Choice

Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:33 PM

While living in the Washington D.C. region the past two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to always live right next to Metrorail (U Street, Pentagon City, and now NoMA) while working from home half of the time and out of 1776 (near McPherson Square and Farragut North) the other half. This has allowed me to […]






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