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London and Stockholm Boldly Reimagine Bicycle Commuting

I recently compared two approaches to accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians in cities: separation (through protected bike lanes) and integration (through the modern woonerf). How are some of these approaches working in London, England and Stockholm, Sweden? London’s Possibilities I came across three different schemes either being considered or built to accommodate the growing number of… Read more »

BikeArlington Encourages the “Concerned 60%” to Get on a Bike

Don’t ride a bicycle? Arlington County wants to change that. The Virginia county is committed to getting as many residents as possible on a car-free diet, and encouraging more of its residents to get around by bike is one way the county is achieving this goal. Arlington’s BikeArlington team makes biking more accessible to its residents, performing outreach… Read more »

D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation

Washington D.C. grabs the number-3 spot in a new study of 70 cities and the technology-enabled transportation options they offer. The Innovative Transportation Index, released today and authored by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, looks at 11 different services – from ridesharing to real-time transit information – to identify which cities… Read more »

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There’s a Reason Backpacking is European and Not American

When I think of Europe, I think of backpacking across the continent and traveling by Eurorail. It’s an often discussed, if uncommon, practice that many hope to do in their lifetimes. The idea of grabbing a few necessities and hopping on a train to see where the wind takes you is a wonderfully romantic idea…. Read more »

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar… Read more »

Why Buy a Car When You’ve Got Mobile Apps?

(This article was originally published at Architect This City.) One of the things that many city planners, transportation experts, and municipalities are trying to figure out is how to successfully shift people away from driving towards alternative modes of transportation, such as biking and transit. Now, this is no easy task. There are a myriad… Read more »

Podcars On Frontier of Enhancing Transit-Oriented Development

With decades of use at airports, hospitals, casinos and leisure districts, automated people movers (APMs) offer a way to extend the reach of a transit station’s zone of influence beyond the walkable quarter-mile radius traditionally assumed by planners and real-estate agents. Nearly 200 APMs are in operation around the world. However, a more interesting new… Read more »

Amtrak One of Many Reasons to Skip the Car in D.C.

This interview with me was originally published at Amtrak’s excellent blog. Check out the articles there. They make you want to jump a train! Forgot where you left your car keys? Good! According to one transportation expert, when you visit the nation’s capital you won’t ever need them. We sat down with cycling enthusiast and Communications Director at… Read more »

Want to Step Outside and Get Moving? Check Out Car-Free Near Me

Looking for nearby information about transportation systems serving any location in Arlington, Virginia or Washington D.C.? Car-Free Near Me(TM) is a new web app developed by Arlington County Commuter Services, a bureau of Arlington’s Department of Environmental Services. The app has some usefulness throughout the region but not all local transportation systems are included. Those that… Read more »

How to Host World Carfree Day in Your City

On New Year’s Eve 2011, I moved to a mixed-use neighborhood one-and-a-half miles from downtown Austin, Texas. I was living car-free and got around by carpooling and walking. This was very different from Washington D.C., where I had previously lived and used the public transit system almost daily. I was excited by the move and,… Read more »