Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

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 and, and later map, high-stress biking conditions. 

2. Bikeshare GPS insights highlight stark differences across types of trips

Contributor Jon Wergin worked with the District Department of Transportation on a rare study of Capital Bikeshare bikes tagged with GPS trackers. Wergin then identified common routes for both frequent, registered riders, and visitors, as well as areas that might benefit from new bikeshare stations.

3. Filling up seats in cars: The future of driving

What if we could put the empty seats on highways to better use? Our video examined what a future of efficient carpooling and traffic might look like, from better ride-matching to shared autonomous vehicles.

4. Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand

Contributor Michael Ryan discussed the idea of employing affordable housing as a part of transportation demand management thinking. Through financing incentives, cities can locate more affordable housing, for whose residents transit access is essential, near frequent transit corridors.

5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cuts solo driving with employee programs

Faced with a move to a new complex in downtown Seattle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation created a wide-ranging employee commuting program to reduce its 88 percent employee drive-alone rate. A combination of transit and biking incentives and flexible parking policies more than halved that rate in five years.

6. Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

A report from the Mineta Transportation Institute found bikeshare collisions occur at a lower rate than crashes involving personal bikes. The authors suggest a number of factors, from the types of people riding bikeshare to the design of the bikes, could contribute to the overall safety rates.

7. Transportation redefined: Cities must work with shared mobility options

Ride-hailing and -sharing transportation options are now ubiquitous in most major cities, and in order to create efficient transportation networks and best serve residents, agencies should look to ways to collaborate with them to improve access and reduce drive-alone trips.

8. Transportation options are looking different – sidewalks should too

Emerging, tech- and sharing-based transportation modes are changing how we use sidewalks and curb space. New public space design plans, writes contributor Lisa Nisenson, should consider the need for bike racks, bikeshare stations, drop-off areas, and more in addition to traditional curbside uses like private car parking.

9. Virginia’s new Capital Trail is spurring investments along its route

Not only has the 55-mile, year-old Virginia Capital Trail brought business and visitors to the corridor between Richmond and Jamestown, Va., but it’s also raising the visibility of biking as transportation in the area. Nearby towns are looking into ways to educate kids about biking and expand their biking facilities to connect to the trail.

10. Bike parking gets people riding. Here’s how to build it right.

Visible, safe, and covered bike parking can play a major role in encouraging people to bike to work and other destinations. The best kinds of racks, according to contributor Michael Ryan, are U-racks, while “wheelbenders” and wave racks actually create conflict and waste potential bike parking space.

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