Authors & Contributions
Paul Mackie

Paul Mackie

Paul is communications director for Mobility Lab. He specializes in storytelling and editing, as well as environmental and pop-culture issues related to transportation.

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Citizens Make Big Impact with Low-cost Bus Stop Seating

A really good “transit trend” article from our friend Matt Caywood at Greater Greater Washington is worth reprinting here.  For weary bus riders, especially seniors and people with disabilities, comfortable seating at bus shelters is a necessity. Even while many governments expand bus service, they often regard seating as an unaffordable or unneeded luxury. In one… Read more »

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BikeArlington Brings Legomania to Bicycle Safety

Thing I love today: BikeArlington‘s new public-service announcement. If this 38-second video (produced in association with Sean Kenney’s Art with Lego Bricks) doesn’t get you to follow the bicycle rules of the road, I don’t know what will. The video is part of Arlington County’s Car-Free Diet and Be a PAL safety campaign.

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Planning Your Bike Trip Around Nation’s Capital is About to Get Even Easier

Do you want to know which bike routes through the city are the most simple, have the best surface, have the fewest hills to climb, and are the safest? These are among the final touches being added to an online DC bicycle trip planner crowdsourced by a group of bike and open-source data hackers. They… Read more »

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White Paper #1 – Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and the Long-Term Impact of the Rising Price of Gas

The Mobility Collaborative’s first white paper discusses the impact of rising gas prices on household budgets and travel behavior. Research and previous behaviors suggest that price increases alone are not going to be enough to change how people think about mobility. The Mobility Collaborative discusses the myth frequently believed by both the general public and… Read more »

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About The Mobility Collaborative

The Mobility Collaborative is a think tank focused on creating mobility access for the next generation of communities. It was initially convened by Arlington County, Virginia, and is comprised of recognized national and international thought-leaders who offer informed perspectives on some major forces shaping 21st century metropolitan communities. The focus of the collaborative is on… Read more »


New Survey Finds Capital Bikeshare Users Drive Less and Save Big

Capital Bikeshare members save an average of $891 per year and collectively reduce their driving miles by 5 million per year. These are just some of the findings from an extensive report released today regarding the annual survey of members of the regional bikesharing program. The report contains detailed insight into how people are using Capital… Read more »

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Americans Want Sidewalks, Energy Efficiency, Transit … And Are Willing to Do Something About It!

This is such a great “infographic” created by the American Planning Association, to support its 2012 National Poll of American’s opinions on planning. It’s nice to see that so many people realize planning, whether it’s urban or rural or anywhere in between, is and could be a crucial way for us to continue working our… Read more »

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Film Spotlights Arlington County, Virginia’s Ability to Grow Without Traffic Congestion

Arlington County, Virginia has been a powerful example of the many places around the U.S. that have been able to protect from overwhelming auto traffic in the face of massive population growth. Anyone looking for an interesting glimpse into how Arlington County managed this complicated task should watch Arlington’s Smart Growth Journey. The 11-minute short… Read more »