Capital Bikeshare

Community Design
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Capital Bikeshare is the Netflix of Transportation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:38 PM

The beauty of Capital Bikeshare lies not in how different or new the concept is but rather in how incredibly useful and easy it is to use. It seems likely that Steve Jobs, arguably the king of innovators, would have approved of Capital Bikeshare’s ability to become a break-out hit that consumers didn’t even know they wanted it in the first place.


Film Looks at Capital Bikeshare From Contemporary-Art Perspective

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:13 PM

I was hearing some buzz around the Mobility Lab offices – where we share space with groups like Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and goDCgo – about this 25-minute documentary premiering at last month’s Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. So I got ahold of Rebalancing filmmaker Tim Cone through the festival’s organizers to ask him some […]

Transit Tech
Bikeshare Rider slideshow

An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing

Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:19 PM

Should the bikeshare industry adopt an open data standard? As bikesharing spreads to more cities, having a common method for accessing and analyzing data will become more important. We know that transit systems work best when agencies concentrate on their core mission. Transit agencies are not in the information technology business; all they should do […]

Economic Prosperity

Business Appears to Be Picking Up Near Capital Bikeshare Stations

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:55 AM

New research suggests that companies located near Capital Bikeshare stations see an increase in business because of traffic from bikeshare riders. During the 2013 fall semester a group of urban-planning graduate students at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus investigated the economic impacts of bikesharing on local businesses. Together with myself and Andrea Hamre, the students used […]

Transit Tech
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Fly In for a Bird’s-Eye View of Capital Bikeshare

Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:22 PM

The best views of Washington are undoubtedly from above, on flights to and from National Airport. When I saw the aerial photo taken by Dan Macy, I knew I had to use it as the background for a map. Visit the Birds-eye view of CaBi stations app and see if you enjoy the view as […]

Transit Tech

Explore the Links Between Weather and Capital Bikeshare Ridership

Monday, January 27, 2014 2:53 PM

In Washington D.C., we’re lucky to get a new chunk of Capital Bikeshare trip history data every quarter. For the end of the year, I created a new tool for examining the data from 2013. How does the weather affect ridership? How similar are CaBi ridership patterns to regular cyclists in the area? How similar […]


“Hot Zone” Commuters Taking Bikeshare to Use Metro

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:55 PM

In Capital Bikeshare’s 2013 customer survey, the local government regional partnership that created the service asked who made trips to and from Metro. It turns out that 54 percent of our customers do. So how far do Capital Bikeshare customers ride to get to and from Metro and their home? Well, we had some interesting […]

Transit Tech

Ten Things I Learned at TransportationCamp

Monday, January 13, 2014 5:26 PM

TransportationCamp DC ‘14, organized by Mobility Lab, Open Plans, Conveyal, Young Professionals in Transportation, the Transportation Research Board, and the George Mason University School of Public Policy, took place Saturday. With more than 400 registered attendees (totally sold out), the third-annual conference in D.C. (it happens in other places like Atlanta and San Francisco as well) contained more information than one […]

Open Data slideshow

Top 10 Mobility Lab Stories of 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:01 PM

We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that […]

Arlington skyline

Real Estate Near Metro Stations Appears to Be Worth a Premium

Friday, December 20, 2013 11:39 AM

My office is about three blocks away from the Rosslyn Metro in Arlington, Virginia. I walk uphill each morning. On most days, it is enough to work up a sweat. One day recently, it was enough to get me covered in fresh-falling snow. Would my job satisfaction increase if my office were closer to Metro? […]