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Bike, Walk, and Transit Mean Business

“Bikes Mean Business” was the theme of the just-wrapped National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. And on the heels of the highly successful summit, two of the world’s biggest business centers have released plans to spark huge growth in cycling. London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a $1.4 billion bicycle-infrastructure plan, designed to connect much… Read more »

Business Opportunities and Ecotourism Abound at Rail Trail in Berkshires

We see it more and more these days – rail-trails as economic development assets. Cities and towns across America are developing rail-trail networks in order to make their area more attractive, drawing new residents and businesses and providing an environment where people want to live. We are also seeing entrepreneurs finding business opportunities connected to… Read more »

“Bikes Equal Business” is Message at Next Week’s National Bike Summit

Next week, BikeArlington and friends head across the river to Washington D.C. to join with more than 800 bike advocates and enthusiasts from around the U.S. taking part in the National Bike Summit, which is put on by the League of American Bicyclists. This year’s theme is “Bicycle Means Business” and will examine the economic benefits… Read more »

Merging Knowledge of Failures With Successes is the Road to “Complete Streets” for All

If you’ve ever read the collection of poems by Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends, then the phrase “complete streets” might remind you of the image above from the cover of his book. Complete Streets are streets “designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages… Read more »

Increasing Gas Tax Shows as Surprisingly Popular in New Traffic-Congestion Study

People are frustrated and think that governments are not doing enough to improve transportation, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Brookings Institution entitled “What Do People Think of Congestion Pricing?” The unexpected finding in the study is that support for raising gas taxes increased from 21 percent… Read more »

Strategies Detailed to Remedy DC’s Affordable-Housing Crisis

Lack of affordable housing is an unintended consequence of a region’s success, and can certainly be seen in the Washington D.C. metro area. As the public demand for walkable neighborhoods has increased, low- to moderate-income residents are being priced out of those neighborhoods. And unfortunately, the public policy regarding housing affordability in the United States… Read more »

Build It and They Might Come: Why the Path to a Vibrant City is Not Merely Walkable

It’s no secret that I’m an avid proponent of “good” urban design, walkability, and dynamic cities. I’ve bemoaned the lack of those elements in my hometown (Miami) loudly and repeatedly (see my rant about the bright blue Public Storage building at the corner of my mom’s block). So the fact that ever more planners, government officials,… Read more »

Senior Villages Promote “Aging-in-Community”

Retirees around the country have taken their futures into their own hands. People who have led highly independent lives are abandoning the idea of retirement communities by deciding to “age in place.” Over the last decade, people in some neighborhoods have created nonprofit Senior Villages that enable elderly members to stay in their own homes… Read more »

Retirement Ghettos Will Disappear as Retirees “Age in Place”

I just returned from visiting my parents in one of South Florida’s gated communities. They informed me that they recently closed on a reverse mortgage, which commits them to living in their current home for the conceivable future – probably until the very end of their days. This announcement flew in the face of their… Read more »

Transport Entrepreneurs Will Try to Wow in Shark Tank

I would like to share information about a very unique session I’m presiding over at this year’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting. The Six-Minute Pitch is a competition between four aspiring transportation entrepreneurs. they will each pitch their innovative transportation business ideas in just six minutes to a panel of four distinguished transportation entrepreneurs, including… Read more »