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As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know

With electric bicycles gaining popularity – and with their real potential to give drive-alone commuters a more realistic, better option than traditional bikes – people keep asking questions. And why wouldn’t they be intrigued? E-bikes are practical, they’re cool, and they’re making our lives a lot easier. For individuals, e-bikes can make long, hilly commutes… Read more »

What rebuilding in New Orleans means for transportation options

This article is excerpted from a longer version at Arlington Transportation Partner’s blog. Having previously only spent one business day in New Orleans, I wasn’t sure what I’d experience besides beads, jazz, seafood, and hot-heavy-humid air at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) recent annual conference there. I certainly didn’t expect to become smitten with a city… Read more »

From Amsterdam to Arlington, comparing commutes

This post originally appeared on Arlington Transportation Partners blog. I laugh at myself now, thinking of how I always opted for my bike instead of the updated subway in Amsterdam, now that I ride Metro during my daily commute to and from Arlington. Transitioning back to the U.S., I am reminded of the importance of… Read more »

Biking in Amsterdam: Living and loving the ride

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog here. In larger towns and cities in the Netherlands, cyclists reach their destination 10 percent faster than car drivers. Combine this with the fact that it’s cheaper, healthier, faster, and more enjoyable, and you can begin to understand why there are more bikes than people… Read more »

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead

Pittsburgh’s time to shine has come. The city has been thrust into the national spotlight, viewed by many transportation leaders as one of the nation’s promising blueprints for how cities can finally do transportation well. But while visiting Pittsburgh last week, I had the chance to put Pittsburgh in context with what people outside of town… Read more »

What biking across the country taught me about America’s transportation challenges

Biking across the United States can teach one a lot about the different ways people get around it. It’s a huge place – an obvious concept that is difficult to really grasp until you’re using your legs to cross it, sometimes going a hundred miles without seeing another person. This size, with the geographical and… Read more »

“Trail towns” embracing economic benefits of long-distance biking routes

Editor’s note: This is one of the final parts of our Transpo(nation) series, in which Andrew Carpenter bicycled across the U.S. – from San Francisco back to Washington D.C. – to report on transportation options. The home stretch of my trip through Pennsylvania and Maryland followed the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal… Read more »

Experiencing the national parks all too often means taking a car

Editor’s note: This is part five of our summer Transpo(nation) series, as Andrew Carpenter bicycles across the U.S. to report on transportation options. A road trip across the United States – using any mode – does not feel complete without a visit to one of the national parks. Naturally, I over-committed in my planning, telling… Read more »

Outside of the Northeast, Amtrak plays an overlooked role in connecting communities

Editor’s note: This is part six of our summer Transpo(nation) series, as Andrew bicycles across the U.S. – from San Francisco back across to Washington D.C. – to report on transportation-demand issues. Due to a series of tornado watches and significant hail storms, I had trouble biking out of Denver to cross the Great Plains. Especially… Read more »