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Understanding the basics behind transportation choices

When it comes to transportation choices, people generally do what is best for themselves. Understanding what factors influence people’s decisions can help the transportation industry and advocates better show the benefits of different transportation options that address different components of motivations. What motivates someone to bike, or drive, or use transit? As the industry looks… Read more »

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The case for long-term TDM programs

As transportation demand management professionals, we know the drill once winter fades and spring is in sight: we gear up for warm weather active transportation challenges to engage residents, visitors, and employees. And while these annual events and challenges are great ways to share a dedicated message and increase the visibility of transportation options, they… Read more »

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What is TDM? Shaping a new era of transportation options

Here at Mobility Lab, we throw around the term “transportation demand management,” or “TDM” for short, as the core concept that unites our research and coverage. But the idea itself is one that is often not present in the widespread public understanding of and discussions about transportation and transit issues. Hence the purpose of our… Read more »

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Bursting the car bubble: Urban mobility for mental, social and physical health

This post originally appeared at the Center for Urban Design and Mental Health blog. Does the way we move around our cities make us, and the planet, healthier or indeed happier? In order to answer this question, we need to take a step back to understand why we move around our cities as we do… Read more »

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Tech is good, but we need transportation planning for the city of the future

This article was originally published by Expert Sure and CleanTechnica. What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear that people have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack… Read more »

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In the current transportation landscape, do you still need to own a car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but… Read more »

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Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling… Read more »

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Five ways TDM is invisible (and why that should change)

Transportation demand management is like an alarm clock. It’s the under-appreciated mechanism that, once set into place, plays a significant role in changing your routine and habits over time. The alarm clock does the dirty – largely invisible – work of taking you from a restless, grumpy night of sleep into the sun-shining, coffee-scented, iPad-reading… Read more »

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How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

This is the first of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looks at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 will examine ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding.As the Senate and House are finalizing touches on the first new transportation authorization bill in… Read more »

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What Every Candidate (and Voter) Should Know about Bikeshare

While many in the transportation world already understand the implications of urban bikeshare systems, candidates for local elected office, especially in jurisdictions outside the urban core, who don’t bike on a daily basis might have some questions on how it all fits together. Where is everyone on those sturdy red bikes going? Why is it… Read more »