How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network
How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network
How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network
Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions
Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions
Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions
Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says
Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says
Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says
Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture
Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture
Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture
Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation? Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?
Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?
Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?
Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going
Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going
Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

How is TDM changing transportation choices in Arlington County and beyond?

Mobility Lab is an international think tank based in Arlington County, Virginia. Our original research supports the case for how and why transportation demand management improves communities. We are fortunate to be embedded within the county government, studying from within a world-class “living laboratory” of transportation development.

Our team works in-house with innovative TDM partners like BikeArlington, WalkArlington, Capital Bikeshare, Arlington Transportation Partners, goDCgo, The Commuter Stores®, and many others in the region. We also serve to communicate the best practices from around the world back to Arlington’s leaders and citizenry.

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Recent Research News

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network


May 5, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

How do car-dominated streets inform how people use bikeshare? How can we estimate the purpose behind certain bikeshare trips? New tools to help planners and the community answer some of these daunting questions, as well as to best visualize Capital Bikeshare usage across the Washington, D.C., region, debuted at the recent “CaBi Hack Night” installment of… Read more »

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions


April 25, 2016    Matt Caywood

Displays make the process of taking transit easier A longer version of this post originally appeared on the TransitScreen blog. There’s a trillion-dollar trend called the ‘Internet of Things” – simply put, adding small computers to physical objects, and connecting everything together over the internet so useful information can be collected. When a recent McKinsey… Read more »

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?


April 11, 2016    Adam Russell

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand…. Read more »

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says


March 21, 2016    Adam Russell

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bikeshare bike can tell you: they are hardy, aluminum tanks on two wheels. But does that translate to an inherently safer experience on the street, especially when many casual riders are likely unfamiliar with a city’s bike infrastructure? A recent study from the Mineta Transportation Institute determined that yes, bikeshare systems… Read more »

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington


March 17, 2016    Stephen Crim

Last month, the District Department of Transportation released a map, broken down by census tract, of how many people commuted by bike in Northwest D.C. as part of its presentation on a proposed protected bike lane in Shaw. In a blog post over at BikeArlington, our Research Director Stephen Crim took a similar look at Arlington County’s commuting habits… Read more »

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture


February 24, 2016    Paul Mackie

Maria Hernandez, from Montgomery County, Maryland, was always afraid she wouldn’t know how to use public transportation. But since deciding to learn, she rejoices in being “able to relax, read a book, and enjoy the scenery – which you really can’t do when you’re driving.” No doubt Hernandez is onto something that has been very… Read more »

Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?

Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?


February 10, 2016    Paul Mackie

When it comes to communicating that people have transportation options besides their own drive-alone cars, the transit industry is getting its lunch handed to it, and has been for decades. It must face that it’s a fringe player that wants to become mainstream. And it’s not getting any easier. While we hear so many great stories about options… Read more »

Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going


January 7, 2016    Paul Mackie

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling… Read more »

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic


November 12, 2015    Paul Mackie

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government.  Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to… Read more »

How to “Get Sh*t Done” In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy

How to “Get Sh*t Done” In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy


October 14, 2015    Chris Hamilton

Thank goodness this book is out. Start-Up City – Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun is sorely needed right now. Cities are at the forefront of taking on addressing issues at the intersection of demographics, technology, transport, climate, housing, equity, and health, but are largely ill equipped to respond. Entrepreneur,… Read more »

Biggest Transportation Innovation? People Reclaiming Their Streets

Biggest Transportation Innovation? People Reclaiming Their Streets


October 7, 2015    Paul Goddin

American cities are adding bus and bike lanes, implementing bikeshare systems, and creating public plazas and miniature parks at a rapid pace. Urban streets, long the domain of automobiles, are increasingly being reclaimed by and for the people, a change that amounts to the biggest transportation innovation in recent years, according to a new report… Read more »

Carsharing growing around the world with more user-friendly options

Carsharing growing around the world with more user-friendly options


September 28, 2015    Paul Mackie

Carsharing, which is projected in a new report to grow globally by about sixfold by 2024, is beginning to look like a reliable transportation option in places like the Washington D.C. region and beyond. “The U.S. has fewer cities than Europe with comprehensive public transit services, which is usually – but not always – a… Read more »