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Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says

Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out… Read more »

Elly Blue Works to Build Economic Equality for Bicycling Movement

Elly Blue and her team of bike activists – which include a cook and the founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel – recently visited the Washington D.C. area and, with support from BikeArlington, held an evening gathering at Mobility Lab. Blue, an independent publisher, has written a series of books on the societal benefits of biking…. Read more »

Bikes Are Not a Sign of Poverty, They Are a Great Equalizer

In the documentary Urbanized, the former mayor of Bogota, Enrique Penalosa, speaks about how his focus on bike use has had an impact on the social hierarchy in the city (he also does so in the short Streetfilms video above). The introduction of bike paths in the Colombian capital opened up opportunities for people of all… Read more »

Parking Lots are Craters that Create Urban Congestion

In case viewers are unclear about Streetsblog’s opinion of surface parking lots, its new video by the website’s editor Angie Schmitt is titled Parking Craters: Scourge of American Downtowns. In it, advocates ranging from professors to urban planners explain the deleterious effect these “depressions in the middle of an urban area formed by the absence of… Read more »

Why Not Copenhagenize Our Streets Now?

Copenhagen is, of course, a landmark of great transportation change over the past two decades. But it wasn’t always that way. A pedestrian way was initially proposed to get people on the streets and cars off. Citizens refused, saying that walking was not for them. It was not a part of their culture. However, following… Read more »

Would Protected Bike Lanes Encourage You to Bike More?

This article was originally published in the May-June 2014 issue of Arlington’s The Citizen.) In the last few years, bike-lane design has seen big changes in cities across the United States. The most notable change is the emergence of protected bike lanes. This relatively simple layout option is based on the concept that streets should be… Read more »

What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Around When Visiting a City?

We started a new series last week called “Mobility Lab Question of the Week,” and received an encouraging amount of feedback and an interesting mix of ideas across our many social-media channels. Here are some of our favorite replies, but first let’s review the question in this seven-second video of Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild: I… Read more »

Touring by Bike in Cities without Bikeshare

What’s your favorite way to tour a new city? Share your thoughts either in the comments below or by sending us a short video explaining your choice. We may publish our findings. What’s an avid biker to do when touring to a city without bikeshare? To me, renting a car to explore a city seems akin to… Read more »

Cities are Often Bad Places for Cars and … Oh Yeah … People Too

I stumbled upon a documentary called The Human Scale. (Editor’s note: It was released in late 2012 and is available to watch on Google Play for $3.99.) One of the things that’s so fascinating about studying cities right now is that it feels as if we’re at a major turning point with respect to how we think… Read more »

Film Looks at Capital Bikeshare From Contemporary-Art Perspective

I was hearing some buzz around the Mobility Lab offices – where we share space with groups like Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and goDCgo – about this 25-minute documentary premiering at last month’s Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. So I got ahold of Rebalancing filmmaker Tim Cone through the festival’s organizers to ask him some… Read more »