For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain? For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?
For safe, separated bikeways, look to... 1930s Britain?
For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?
People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often
People who work near Seattle's protected bike lanes ride to work more often
People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often
Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region
Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region
Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region
Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access
Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access
Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access
Solidifying the Rosslyn-Georgetown connection with current travel options Solidifying the Rosslyn-Georgetown connection with current travel options
Solidifying the Rosslyn-Georgetown connection with current travel options
Solidifying the Rosslyn-Georgetown connection with current travel options

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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Bikeshare is safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

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Recent Bicycling News

For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?

For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?


May 26, 2017    Adam Russell

Hidden alongside some otherwise unremarkable roadways across the United Kingdom are bicycle highways that today’s riders would envy. At CityLab, Feargus O’Sullivan reveals the research currently being conducted into these separate bike highways, all of which were built in the 1930s. As historian Carlton Reid conducted research for a new book, he realized that a… Read more »

People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often

People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often


May 23, 2017    Adam Russell

There’s no question about it: comfortable, safe bicycle infrastructure plays a significant role in encouraging people to ride. In Seattle, an analysis from nonprofit Commute Seattle recently demonstrated how that pays off for commuters: the seven employers with the highest rates of bike commuting are all within one block of a protected bike lane. Zooming… Read more »

Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region

Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region


May 19, 2017    Adam Russell

When hundreds of people and their bikes appear bright and early at Rosslyn, Arlington’s Gateway Park, it can only mean one thing: Bike to Work Day. The biggest stop by far in Arlington, pictured below, was part of the 85 pit stops offering coffee, T-shirts, and good vibes to bike commuters in the broader D.C…. Read more »

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access


May 17, 2017    Ethan Goffman

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… Read more »

Solidifying the Rosslyn-Georgetown connection with current travel options

Solidifying the Rosslyn-Georgetown connection with current travel options


May 2, 2017    Angela Urban

Whether a gondola happens anytime soon, options still exist for better connecting Georgetown to the Rosslyn Metro station Georgetown is known to have some “public transit gaps,” most notably the lack of a Metro station. To fix this, the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s 2028 transportation plan included the cross-Potomac gondola as a possible solution, creating… Read more »

Biking education books spread to Arlington’s free libraries

Biking education books spread to Arlington’s free libraries


April 21, 2017    Angela Urban

Little free libraries present a chance to share awareness of transportation options Educating people about transportation options – even in a place like Arlington, Va., where there is an abundance – is a never-ending quest. Something I’ve learned through my time at Mobility Lab is that its local partners never stop trying to think of… Read more »

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather


April 18, 2017    Angela Urban

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership

Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership


March 27, 2017    Adam Russell

Earlier this month, Mobility Lab tech advisor Michael Schade shared a look at the latest Capital Bikeshare ridership data with his new heat map. Not only does the map grant an easy way to create a more detailed look at how individual neighborhoods use bikeshare, it also includes the first few months of ridership in… Read more »

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters


March 17, 2017    Angela Urban

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 »

How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.

How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.


March 13, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

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 »

How far is too far to bike to work?

How far is too far to bike to work?


February 27, 2017    Mike McLeish

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 »

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits


January 30, 2017    Sheila McGraw

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 »