Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities
Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities
Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities
Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes
Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes
Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes
As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know
As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know
As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know
Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin
Redesign and rethink the U.S.'s existing transportation: Tumlin
Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin
Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies
Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies
Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable? Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

What can better transportation options mean for your health?

Active transportation, such as walking and biking, combines moving more with getting you where you need to go. Simple choices that prioritize active options over driving can have large health implications at a personal and local level.

These switches can result in higher life‐expectancy, reduced stress‐related illness, and reduced a likelihood of illness or death from obesity, heart and lung diseases, and diabetes. More broadly, an accompanying decrease in driving reduces emissions of carcinogens and particulates that cause asthma, improving a region’s air and water quality.

Education and awareness campaigns designed to enhance public safety can reduce accidents and fatalities associated with all modes of travel.

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Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities

Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities


September 13, 2017    David St. Amant

Imagine you are the adult child of a senior-citizen parent who is mentally sharp and active but whose reflexes and eyesight are not what they used to be just a few years ago. The ability to go to the grocery store, visit family and friends, or make a trip to the doctor’s office is important… Read more »

Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes

Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes


August 21, 2017    Paul Mackie

The Switch, Part 1 – Mobility Lab’s video series on how everyday Americans can rethink their transportation options. Teachers who rideshare, or “carpool,” get to wave at the other commuters stuck in traffic as they breeze past in the HOV lanes. And that’s not all. Once teachers get to school – in the case of… Read more »

As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know

As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know


August 18, 2017    Andrew Austin

With electric bicycles gaining popularity – and with their real potential to give drive-alone commuters a more realistic, better option than traditional bikes – people keep asking questions. And why wouldn’t they be intrigued? E-bikes are practical, they’re cool, and they’re making our lives a lot easier. For individuals, e-bikes can make long, hilly commutes… Read more »

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin


August 17, 2017    Paul Mackie

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies


August 16, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Traffic wastes time and money almost everywhere on the planet, so congestion is the bogeyman many transportation planners hope to defeat. Attendees at the most-recent Transportation Techies Meetup – held at Mobility Lab in Arlington, Va., and focused on traffic solutions – got a taste of several early-stage tech/planning options. “Data and technology are becoming… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?


July 28, 2017    Angela Urban

Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »

Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials

Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials


July 27, 2017    Melissa Paluch

While Millennials and seniors are in diametrically opposing life stages, they are similar in many ways in their attitudes towards public transportation. Take the Millennials interviewed and surveyed back in 2012 and 2013 by the American Public Transportation Association’s Millennials & Mobility study and the Arlington, Va., seniors who participated in Mobility Lab’s focus groups… Read more »

Seniors, not just Millennials, may be turning away from driver’s licenses

Seniors, not just Millennials, may be turning away from driver’s licenses


July 26, 2017    Melissa Paluch

Millennials and seniors having anything in common may sound unusual. But when it comes to transportation, seniors age 65 and up may be following their 18-to-35-year-old cohorts’ lead by increasingly diversifying their transportation habits – or not having driver’s licenses all together. That is in line with what Mobility Lab found with some recent focus… Read more »

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation


July 25, 2017    Melissa Paluch

Seniors in Arlington County, Va., have many similar traits to Millennials when it comes to using public transportation. This is one of several findings from a survey released today by Mobility Lab for Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). “’Aging in place’ is what seniors expect,” said Bobbi Greenberg, acting bureau chief of ACCS. “What we… Read more »

Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving

Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving


July 20, 2017    Paul Mackie

Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt brings to light a really important issue that we think about every day at Mobility Lab. She notes that Americans spend more time on average every day driving their cars than socializing with other people. And this is likely skewing the ways people think about and care about other people as they… 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 »

My personal case for safe and joyful transportation

My personal case for safe and joyful transportation


January 17, 2017    Angela Urban

Introducing our data storytelling intern, Angela Urban Hi! I’m the data storyteller intern at Mobility Lab and a civil engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the next few months, I’ll be reporting back with stories about ongoing research in Arlington and beyond. I’m interested in transportation, since I commute by bike, bike for… Read more »