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A modern implementation of older bike lanes built along roads in Britain.

For safe, separated bikeways, look to… 1930s Britain?

Hidden alongside some otherwise unremarkable roadways across the United Kingdom are bicycle highways that today’s riders would envy. At CityLab, Feargus O’Sullivan reveals the research currently being conducted into these separate bike highways, all of which were built in the 1930s. As historian Carlton Reid conducted research for a new book, he realized that a… Read more »

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Better real-time information allows riders to make better transit choices

A report from Conduent, based on surveys from 23 cities in multiple countries, offers some broad insight into why commuters choose certain modes over others. Despite drivers citing the reliability of cars, for example, they also report experiencing the most delays (70 percent of the time). Transit riders, on the other hand, are more open… Read more »

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People who work near Seattle’s protected bike lanes ride to work more often

There’s no question about it: comfortable, safe bicycle infrastructure plays a significant role in encouraging people to ride. In Seattle, an analysis from nonprofit Commute Seattle recently demonstrated how that pays off for commuters: the seven employers with the highest rates of bike commuting are all within one block of a protected bike lane. Zooming… Read more »

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Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region

When hundreds of people and their bikes appear bright and early at Rosslyn, Arlington’s Gateway Park, it can only mean one thing: Bike to Work Day. The biggest stop by far in Arlington, pictured below, was part of the 85 pit stops offering coffee, T-shirts, and good vibes to bike commuters in the broader D.C…. Read more »

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Boston advocacy group looks to reshape how people see the humble bus

Transit advocacy campaign BostonBRT isn’t just looking to add dedicated lanes and true BRT to Boston’s streets, it’s also looking to reshape how people consider buses. As part of their initiative, the alliance is launching a two-month “Beauty and the Bus” campaign, encouraging riders to capture beautiful bus-related moments they see in their everyday lives. Like… Read more »

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Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… Read more »

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In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?

Arlington County, Va., includes carsharing in its Master Transportation Plan because it adds important connections to and from its already-rich transit infrastructure. But for car-owning Arlington households, how does carsharing fit within their transportation needs? For one, cost can play a large role. Marietta Gelfort, a carsharing analyst for the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, recently took a detailed… Read more »

The U.S. Patent Office moved to Alexandria in 2005. This photo is taken from the Carlyle Center, adjacent to the Eisenhower East area.

Transit is key for new Alexandria development

Circulators, frequent buses could ease potential traffic from booming development plan Tucked into the southern edge of Alexandria, Va., between the Washington Beltway and Duke Street is the 230-acre Eisenhower East corridor. This formerly industrial area encompasses some of the newest development in Alexandria, including the Patent and Trademark Office (above) and the Carlyle Center office… Read more »

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London experiments with color-coded buses and maps – Design Week

Looking to make its bus system more user-friendly and intuitive to navigate, Transport for London, the region’s transportation agency, recently announced a trial effort to color-code simpler bus maps, and even the buses themselves. The goal, ultimately, is to bring the buses more line with the Tube in terms of simplicity, as Design Week notes:… Read more »