Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years
Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years
Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years
Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic
Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic
Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic
Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters
Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters
Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters
Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life
Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life
Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life
Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions
Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions
Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions
Understanding the basics behind transportation choices Understanding the basics behind transportation choices
Understanding the basics behind transportation choices
Understanding the basics behind transportation choices

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Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years

Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years


March 22, 2017    Hannah Budnitz

A version of this post originally appeared on contributor Hannah Budnitz’s blog, Go-How.com. As in the United States, how people will get around Great Britain in the near future is especially unclear given a number of emerging technologies. A recent report from RAND explored this uncertainty, offering three alternative visions of the future of mobility,… Read more »

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic


March 20, 2017    Paul Mackie

Split of benefits and costs could spark much-needed national transportation discussion Just what a future transportation system with autonomous vehicles looks like isn’t completely clear-cut. However, Kara Kockelman, a University of Texas-based leading academic on the subject, has predictions for their economic impacts. In a South by Southwest presentation last week, she put forth a… Read more »

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters


March 17, 2017    Angela Urban

Bike/ped traffic counter spikes for disruptive events emphasize importance of transportation options Arlington has 38 bike and pedestrian counters along its trails and bike lanes, six of which capture how many people cross the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., every day. Two counters are located on Memorial Bridge, two on Key Bridge, one on Roosevelt… Read more »

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life


March 9, 2017    Adam Russell

Travel choices are a habit, and not just one for a day-to-day consideration. A new study by Michael Smart and Nicholas Klein found that people who lived near reliable transit options early in their lives, such as in their 20s and 30s, were more likely to choose transit later on. Writing on Planetizen, the authors… Read more »

Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions

Single people in many metro areas becoming more car-free, with some exceptions


March 3, 2017    Sarah Jo Peterson

Ed.: In part 2 of her ongoing analysis of car ownership rates in the U.S., urban planner Sarah Jo Peterson examines how one-person households, or singles, have been buying more cars or going car-free in the first half of the decade. Below is an excerpt of her piece, which you can read in its entirety… Read more »

Understanding the basics behind transportation choices

Understanding the basics behind transportation choices


February 24, 2017    Angela Urban

When it comes to transportation choices, people generally do what is best for themselves. Understanding what factors influence people’s decisions can help the transportation industry and advocates better show the benefits of different transportation options that address different components of motivations. What motivates someone to bike, or drive, or use transit? As the industry looks… Read more »

What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?

What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?


February 17, 2017    Angela Urban

At TransportationCamp DC, the Mobility Lab-sponsored unconference held in Arlington, Va., transportation professionals, advocates, and enthusiasts gather each year to discuss and learn about the pressing topics of the day. We put together this back-of-the-envelope analysis to see if we could discern any trends in topics and modes being discussed in the events’ sessions. Due… Read more »

Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments

Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments


February 16, 2017    Wendy Duren

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Virginia Hospital Center is a leading medical services provider and one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, providing 24/7 healthcare across two campuses. Over the years, the size of VHC’s facilities and the number of staff have grown considerably. That growth has provided the hospital with… Read more »

How did SafeTrack affect Arlington biking rates in 2016?

How did SafeTrack affect Arlington biking rates in 2016?


January 12, 2017    Henry Dunbar

Since SafeTrack began back in June 2016, Arlington transportation planners have been collecting and analyzing walk and bike data by using the county’s extensive network of counters. In reviewing Surge 11 data, the effects of Metro rail disruptions on the bike traffic seem to be diminishing, while still remaining above last year’s averages. Looking at… Read more »

New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets

New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets


January 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

Ever since the car began dominating the way people move throughout the United States, bicycling and walking have become often dangerous and shunted propositions. Decades later, more engineers, planners, and developers are understanding the importance of rethinking the car-centered designs of roads in order to mitigate the dangers they pose for pedestrians. Today, Smart Growth… Read more »

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016


December 23, 2016    Adam Russell

From tiny data-gathering initiatives to widespread carpooling ideas, here are our 10 most-read articles from the past year. 1. The yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders Swedish company Hovding, makers of the explosively inflating bike helmet, paired with the London Cyclists Campaign to create a simple button that cyclists could use to record… Read more »

Big investments in Colorado’s walking, biking could pay for themselves

Big investments in Colorado’s walking, biking could pay for themselves


December 9, 2016    Mobility Lab Web

The potential benefits of walking and biking in Colorado are immense, according to a new study prepared for the state Office of Economic Development and Trade [PDF]. BBC Research and Consulting found that the statewide economic benefits of walking and biking total $1.6 billion annually. The health impact is worth $3.2 billion annually. But despite… Read more »