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Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. It’s estimated that, in America, there… Read more »

Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid

A typical bikeshare member might often face an easy choice in trying to get from her home to downtown: pick up a bike and pedal with the wind in her hair, or sit in traffic and search in vain for a parking space. In the Washington D.C. region, with the spread of Capital Bikeshare stations,… Read more »

Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”

As transportation-policy rockstar Ray LaHood once said at a Mobility Lab event, there should be Mobility Labs all over the U.S. While our little shop headquartered in Arlington, Va., may still be the only Mobility Lab in the country, there may soon be another. With Aspen, Colo., “drowning in automobiles,” Mayor Steve Skadron is hoping to… Read more »

Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania

[Editor: An interesting update to the Hawaii story (June 30, 2017): Companies that work in transportation could advise the transportation management association and help create policies to ease traffic on Waikiki’s streets. Makes sense, and is similar to recommendations recently in a George Mason study on how Arlington, Va., could work more closely with delivery companies… Read more »

California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses

In bustling city cores, people driving alone in their personal cars can be the worst thing for local merchants. Many of them simply didn’t know it before, but they’re slowly beginning to figure it out. Three new stories out of California show that the state is taking the concept of transportation demand seriously. Take this example:… Read more »

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people

Montgomery County, Md., revisits how it plans bike lanes Creating safe biking connections between low-stress streets can pay off in improved access to a broad network of bike lanes. Montgomery County, Md., is seeking to do just that in its forthcoming Bicycle Master Plan. It includes about 1,000 miles of separated bike lanes in the next… Read more »

Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News

Stanford is a leader on transportation demand management, and the university has a robust “No Net New Commute Trips” goal to back it. That goal seeks to accomplish “no additional automobile trips during the peak commute time in the campus commute direction in the morning and evening.” On top of the goal, Stanford has posted… Read more »

Offering transit incentives is a way to avoid costly infrastructure spending

In the department of “Where Are They Now?,” Chris Hamilton is a prominent face around Mobility Lab, as one of our contributors and the former bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services, of which Mobility Lab is a part. He just appeared as a guest on the excellent GovLove podcast. Host Ben Kittelson asks to learn… Read more »

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

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

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 »