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Seemingly Little Things Make D.C. Transit Too Difficult

I recently flew down to Washington D.C. to attend a friend’s wedding in Rockville, Maryland. With trains, planes, and automobiles involved, surely, I thought, there would be something to write about. My flights were thankfully uneventful. With nothing more than a carry-on, electronic check-in at Albany International Airport was a breeze. The machines were easy… Read more »

Tech “Hacks” Help Create Critical Mass for Bicycling

The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest Transportation Techies event: Bike Hack Night… Read more »

Energizing People to Take Action for Transportation and Place

Mobility Lab – and many of our partners – believe it’s long past time to get serious about public transportation in this country. We need to make a stronger and clearer case to the public and to our leaders about the benefits of transportation options. Auto companies, for example, are very clear that our freedom… Read more »

Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our transportation… Read more »

Lincoln Memorial is Top Destination for Tourists on Capital Bikeshare

The Lincoln Memorial has the highest percentage of “casual riders” – typically assumed to be tourists who rent on the fly – on Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare system., at 82.3 percent. We’ve never really had a view of how people are moving around the region on bicycle before CaBi came along and opened up its ridership… Read more »

On-Demand Transit. Now That Sounds Like a Winning Idea!

What if you could get around cities with an option that combined the simplicity of Uber and the affordability of systems like D.C.’s Metrobus or Arlington’s ART buses? It would be an on-demand transit system with no routes, no transfers, and no time tables. A fleet of shuttles would have their paths constantly adjusted based on… Read more »

Wearable Tech Will Make Our Cities More Walkable

This article was originally published by Tech Cocktail. Apple’s announcement in September regarding the 2015 launch of the Apple Watch has some pundits wondering if the tech giant can do for wearable tech what it did for the MP3 player and smartphone: create a must-have consumer device out of a fledgling, yet promising, product line. I think the more… Read more »

Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now.

I really enjoyed this week’s “Fix My Commute,” the inaugural forum in the Washington Post’s America Answers series. It was a first-class event that brought together a fascinating array of national experts and progressive mayors focused on solving the problems of increasing traffic congestion. And while it was acknowledged again and again that our infrastructure… Read more »

How to Combat “Bikelash?” Embrace It

There will always be those who are resistant to change. These are the people who fight the Columbia Pike Streetcar despite credible evidence of its return on investment. These are the ones who use rhetoric like “war on cars” and are fond of excessive punctuation. And lately, these are the people who write angry op-eds… Read more »

Proposals to “Trick Out Your Trip” Due Soon

How do you feel when you get to the bus stop? You say to yourself, “Where is this bus? When will it be here? Why am I standing so close to huge metal-box cars flying past me at the speed of light? Where is the shade?” Or how about the subway platform? “Is the next-train-arrival… Read more »