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Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

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 »

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Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

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 »

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In the current transportation landscape, do you still need to own a car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but… Read more »

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Debunking common myths about bikeshare in the suburbs

“There’s no need for a bikeshare station here. People in this neighborhood already have bikes.” As bikeshare expands beyond Arlington, Virginia’s densest neighborhoods along Metro corridors, this is a comment the county’s bikeshare planners hear a lot from the public. At first blush, it makes a certain amount of sense. If someone owns a bike,… Read more »

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Bikeshare ridership tracks Arlington Metro corridors, but new patterns are also emerging

If you use Capital Bikeshare in Arlington, Va., you likely have an idea of which stations are the busiest. And if you guessed those closest to Metro stations, you’re right. But the beauty of examining data and creating visual representations of that data is that it often reveals less obvious patterns, including usage patterns beyond… Read more »

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From Rebalancing to Dock-Blocking: Techies Hack to Make Capital Bikeshare Even More User-Friendly

Hack nights centering on Capital Bikeshare are among the best-attended of Transportation Techies’ monthly events, drawing a mix of transit data, programming, and biking infrastructure enthusiasts The group, sponsored by Mobility Lab, hosted its fourth CaBi Hack Night last Monday at 1776’s new Crystal City offices, where many presenters addressed some of the daily, unavoidable… Read more »

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Washington Post Helps Trumpet How Open Data Improves Our Transit Options

Being able to boast online about your bikeshare mileage. A tracking app that saves transit agencies money. A way to catch the train to the baseball game at just the right time. Open transit data is driving people to think about how they can make systems better and more engaging. In a recent Washington Post… Read more »

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What Every Candidate (and Voter) Should Know about Bikeshare

While many in the transportation world already understand the implications of urban bikeshare systems, candidates for local elected office, especially in jurisdictions outside the urban core, who don’t bike on a daily basis might have some questions on how it all fits together. Where is everyone on those sturdy red bikes going? Why is it… Read more »

(Left to right) goDCgo's Grace Oran, and ATP's Maggie Awad, Brendan Casey, Keara Mehlert, and Jonathan Bollhoefer

In rush-hour D.C., abundance of transportation options look “amazing”

At Arlington Transportation Partners and goDCgo, our job is to encourage residents and visitors in the Washington D.C. metro region to consider sustainable and active commutes. So we decided to try some of the many options in our first annual “Amazing Commuter Race.” In our book, the best ways to travel come down to cost, time,… Read more »

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Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard With Bikeshare

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about… Read more »