Car-Free Lifestyle

Travel/Tourism
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There’s a Reason Backpacking is European and Not American

Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:36 AM

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. […]






by Trevor Casey
Commentary
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Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Monday, July 7, 2014 4:34 PM

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 […]






by Chris Hamilton
Economic Prosperity
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Why Buy a Car When You’ve Got Mobile Apps?

Monday, June 23, 2014 11:56 AM

(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 […]






by Brandon G. Donnelly
Community Design
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Podcars On Frontier of Enhancing Transit-Oriented Development

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 11:49 AM

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 […]






by Lawrence Fabian
Pop Culture
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Amtrak One of Many Reasons to Skip the Car in D.C.

Monday, April 28, 2014 3:36 PM

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 […]






by Paul Mackie
Transit Tech
CarFree

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

Monday, February 3, 2014 3:25 PM

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 […]






by Joe Chapline
Education
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How to Host World Carfree Day in Your City

Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:04 AM

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, […]






by Jessica Tunon
Community Design
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Can Austin Become a Top 10 City for Pedestrians?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 11:22 AM

I have enjoyed walking as long as I can remember because it’s a way to connect with friends, think, be outside, and get exercise. One of my top walking locations to do all that is A1A in Boca Raton, Florida. It is a beautiful walk, but I needed to drive to get there because of […]






by Jessica Tunon
Economic Prosperity
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Reflecting on Five Years of the Car-Free Lifestyle

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Who: Jessica Tunon, appreciator of much-improved lifestyle What: Two-door Honda Accord LE, lease ended on May 12, 2008 Where: Florida to Arlington, Virginia Why: Have more “fun money” When: May 12, 2008 (see above) How: CarFreeDiet.com and, with my financial background, a personal cost-benefit analysis As the stats above show, I recently passed my five-year anniversary of beginning my new […]






by Jessica Tunon
Community Design
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Arlington Focuses on Moving People, Not Cars, in the Nation’s Worst Traffic Metro Area

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:10 PM

The Washington D.C. region’s traffic is the worst in the nation — even worse than Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York — according to a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute called the Urban Mobility Report. And in a news article about the findings by NBC Washington, one D.C. commuter says the reason is […]






by Tom Fairchild