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Bikeshare ridership tracks Arlington Metro corridors, but new patterns are also emerging

If you use Capital Bikeshare in Arlington, Va., you likely have an idea of which stations are the busiest. And if you guessed those closest to Metro stations, you’re right. But the beauty of examining data and creating visual representations of that data is that it often reveals less obvious patterns, including usage patterns beyond… Read more »

Autonomous Vehicles Are a Traffic Solution Only Alongside Better City Planning

Autonomous vehicles – or self driving cars – are promoted as a solution to congestion because researcher Todd Litman and many others expect that sensors will allow cars to travel closer together. But it has been proved time and time again that road-widening leads to induced demand, which means that additional lanes get just as… Read more »

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr…. 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 »

Better Data Collection is Path to Helping People Bike and Walk

There is not yet a nationally accepted standardized method for conducting counts of bicyclists and pedestrians, and the frequency of conducting counts varies among states and cities. There have been numerous efforts to create a more reliable means to measure travel. In 2005, Barnes and Krizek developed a formula for determining total bicycling trips by multiplying the… 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 »

Explore the Links Between Weather and Capital Bikeshare Ridership

In Washington D.C., we’re lucky to get a new chunk of Capital Bikeshare trip history data every quarter. For the end of the year, I created a new tool for examining the data from 2013. How does the weather affect ridership? How similar are CaBi ridership patterns to regular cyclists in the area? How similar… Read more »

New Fatality Data Shows Transportation Spending Doesn’t Match Transportation Reality

The release of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual report on traffic fatalities made the news last week for one significant reason: for the first time since 2005, the number of people killed on U.S. roads increased – up 3.3 percent from 2011. What does this mean for those of us who walk or bike… Read more »

Exploring Beautiful Paris With Vélib’, a Fading Supermodel

(This is part five of our series, European Vacation – Project Bikeshare.) Ah, Paris. No other city quite conjures up romance, elegance, fashion, and … bikeshare? Vélib’ – the first major-city bikeshare system – opened in the City of Lights in 2007. It has been the bikeshare program to which all cities aspire, and yet – like… Read more »

New Map Tool Shows Range of Capital Bikeshare Trips

A new map – called the CaBi Range – should interest users of the Washington D.C. bikeshare system, Capital Bikeshare. The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less, highlighting those stations in green, as well as the routes you would take to get there. Stations beyond the time… Read more »