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Roanoke crash case highlights how difficult it is for us all to share space

This past summer, a Roanoke, Va., circuit court awarded a cyclist $300,000 for injuries she had received as the result of a collision. After an article in the August 5 edition of The Roanoke Times detailed the specifics of the accident, many in the community were up in arms over the decision, particularly the charge… Read more »

Non Work Trips

Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips

Each year in May, RIDE Solutions in Southwest Virginia hosts a Clean Commute Challenge as part of its National Bike Month activities. In the past, participants only logged commute trips, but for the 2015 contest, we opened trip types up to a variety of non-commute options, including dining, shopping, business meetings, religious services, and volunteer… Read more »

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Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture

RIDE Solutions in Roanoke, Virginia has a long history of working with the local arts and culture scene to reduce traffic in the region. We have worked with: the Roanoke Arts Commission on: an art bike rack, a bicycle-based tour of public art installations, and a program called Art by Bus the independent Roanoke Arts… Read more »

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How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign to, among other things, build support for massive infrastructure projects that were proposed in cities across the country –… Read more »

Newsroom People

3 Lessons Working for the Newspaper Teaches About Transportation Choice

I came to the transportation demand management (TDM) industry after an eight-year stint with the local daily newspaper, working as a marketing analyst in the circulation department. My time there corresponded with massive changes in the newspaper industry brought on by new ways of delivering information, by skyrocketing fuel costs that drove up delivery expenses,… Read more »

Rideshare

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft… Read more »

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Time is On Our Side With Automated Vehicles

A man climbs into the cab of a tractor trailer, hauling himself into the massive driver’s seat and shutting the door behind him as if settling into a captain’s chair. The steering wheel is massive, evoking the wheel of a mighty sailing ship even at it protruds from a dashboard covered in electronic controls and… Read more »

Biking to work

“Bicycles Are Not Toys,” And Other Ways to Target Your Messages

  In a recent article on Mobility Lab, bike advocate Veronica O. Davis noted that she thinks there is too much emphasis on “biking to work” and not enough on “biking for recreational purposes.” Interesting point, but I’m not sure I agree. Granted, if one is promoting utilitarian cycling, jumping right into bicycle commuting may… Read more »

Bikelash

How to Combat “Bikelash?” Embrace It

There will always be those who are resistant to change. These are the people who fight the Columbia Pike Streetcar despite credible evidence of its return on investment. These are the ones who use rhetoric like “war on cars” and are fond of excessive punctuation. And lately, these are the people who write angry op-eds… Read more »

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Roanoke’s Placemaking Shows a City on the Rise

Big cities aren’t the only places working hard to create terrific communities. I was reminded of this fact when visiting Roanoke, Virginia over the past few days to attend CityWorks(X)po, a conference for change agents and placemakers. Going in, I was completely unfamiliar with the city, but was delighted with what I discovered there during… Read more »