How are cities making bicycling safer and more accessible?
Given the complex nature of cities, a good transportation system involves having multiple options available. Bicycles have long provided an affordable, easy way to move around urban areas , and now bikeshare is ramping up bikes-as-transit to unprecedented levels in the U.S.
Bikes and bikeshare can provide the link to and from transit stations to home or work, greatly expanding the accessibility of public transit. By making biking in the city easier, traffic is reduced, converting some car trips into biking ones.
Cities and communities everywhere are seeing the importance of this key piece of their transportation networks and are making the investments necessary to implement and expand better bicycling and bikeshare infrastructure and promotion.
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Bike/ped traffic counter spikes for disruptive events emphasize importance of transportation options Arlington has 38 bike and pedestrian counters along its trails and bike lanes, six of which capture how many people cross the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., every day. Two counters are located on Memorial Bridge, two on Key Bridge, one on Roosevelt… Read more »
It’s a common conversation topic among bike commuters: drivers block bike lanes all too often, and cities rarely seem responsive about it. This has been anecdotal for some time, but advocates in the Washington, D.C., region have been collecting some useful data and in order to develop a stronger case for better enforcement and safer… Read more »
A version of this post originally appeared on the blog Pinch-Flat.com. Taking the car is expensive, public transit can be cramped, and you’re feeling unhealthy. No worries, all of those issues are solved by the bicycle commute. But, how far is too far to bike to work? How long will it take? What should you pack?… Read more »
Long gone are the days of Mad Men, when smoke-filled offices were common place. If you had told anyone during that era that in 30 years, it would be illegal to light up in most public places, they would have laughed in your face. When smoking was identified as a preventable killer and a threat… Read more »
Other developers at Bike Hack Night VII presented sensor and mapping projects to understand the experience of urban biking Arlington County, over the past several years, has strategically placed 30 permanent EcoCounters, bike- and pedestrian-counting sensors, to determine how many people are riding bicycles and walking on major trails and routes. Permanent counters at these… Read more »
The last decade has seen bicycling rates double or triple in major metropolitan areas, helped in part by the modern consensus around what kind of on-street facilities are best at protecting and encouraging riders. While sharrows and signage have given way to protected, separate lanes, the designs of intersections – often the most stressful part of… Read more »
Introducing our data storytelling intern, Angela Urban Hi! I’m the data storyteller intern at Mobility Lab and a civil engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the next few months, I’ll be reporting back with stories about ongoing research in Arlington and beyond. I’m interested in transportation, since I commute by bike, bike for… Read more »
Since SafeTrack began back in June 2016, Arlington transportation planners have been collecting and analyzing walk and bike data by using the county’s extensive network of counters. In reviewing Surge 11 data, the effects of Metro rail disruptions on the bike traffic seem to be diminishing, while still remaining above last year’s averages. Looking at… Read more »
This is part two of contributor Gabriel Morey’s coverage of the year-old Virginia Capital Trail. Read part one here. The Virginia Capital Trail offers one of the best cases of how well-designed bike and pedestrian infrastructure can transform communities. The trail – a serene, 55-mile path from Jamestown to Richmond – has brought numerous economic changes… Read more »
Stretching between Richmond and Jamestown, the Virginia Capital Trail is a powerful example of how bike and pedestrian infrastructure can encourage economic growth and sustainable living in diverse communities. The 55-mile paved, multi-use path dances along historic Route 5, connecting small towns, bucolic farmland, historic sites, and high-rise apartments. First proposed in the 1990’s, groundwork… Read more »
Capital Bikeshare can help get people to a Metro station when they live or work too far away to walk there. As a result, the region’s busiest bikeshare stations are next to Metro, especially outside of D.C. Although some people do use bikeshare as their primary mode of getting around the same way others use… Read more »
Capital Bikeshare’s open data is an invaluable tool that allows programmers and researchers to contribute to and learn from the system, making biking more accessible to residents and visitors in the Washington, D.C., area. At November’s Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup, CaBi Hack Night VI, programmers and Capital Bikeshare users presented tools they developed to improve… Read more »