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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 »

Millennials Sticking With Transit, Boomers Sticking With Cars

It seems that, when it comes to making our transportation choices, as we age, we are most likely to rebel against the ways we traveled in our youth. These are among the findings by TransitCenter in Who’s On Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey. There is evidence that Millennials grew up in their early years under… Read more »

To Continue as a Leader, Arlington Must Look to Future of Transportation

Arlington, Virginia is a well-known national leader when it comes to fiscally responsible practices of transit-oriented development and transportation demand management. For many years, Arlington has primarily focused its attention on the “low-hanging fruit” of encouraging people to take Metro, bus, walk, and bicycle instead of their cars when possible. This work has been done… Read more »

Electric Bicycles Getting a Fresh Look in D.C.

If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have noticed an inordinate amount of car commercials. They showed you pristine rides along sunny coastal highways, open roads dripping with freedom, and Bob Dylan claiming that cars are America. This may still be true in parts of the country, but the reality in Washington D.C. and… Read more »

Video: Transportation Solutions for Aging in Auto-Centric America

The vast majority of us will outlive our driving years by about a decade. That means we’ll need to rely on a variety of transportation services to help us get around. While 42 percent of area agencies on aging offer older drivers safety training so that we can stay on the road longer, fewer than… Read more »

A Safer Driver is One with a Bicyclist’s Perspective

[vsw id=”60585187″ source=”vimeo” width=”475″ height=”360″ autoplay=”no”] The biggest obstacle to safely riding a bicycle is the inattentiveness of drivers. This was one of the points I drove home as a panelist at the 2013 Fairfax Bike Summit earlier this month. While people on bicycles surely need to learn and obey the biking laws where they… Read more »

To Drive or Not to Drive

Unfortunately, many older adults avoid ever asking themselves the question in this headline, as our culture largely dictates that you must be autonomous in order to be valued. So instead, older adults independently reduce their driving in stages, with nights and highways the first to go. But they refuse to contemplate a time when they… Read more »

“Telehealth:” The Elderly Equivalent to Telework

As our aging relatives live longer and with greater illnesses, we often witness their worlds becoming smaller, with a constant focus on the medical aspects of life. Though more illness requires more attention, we must encourage people as they age to proactively maintain (or re-establish) a proper balance between the medical and non-medical facets of… Read more »

Let’s Get Entrepreneurial to Help Older Adults Maintain their Mobility

Many of us with older parents are feeling an increased burden when our loved ones can no longer drive. Jurisdictions tasked with providing older adult transportation are figuring out how to address this demand as well. According to a study by the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Municipal Aging Services Project, public transit demand will nearly triple… Read more »

NEWS RELEASE: Transportation Solutions Presented to Guide Seniors through Driving Retirement

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The population of seniors 65 years and older in the U.S. is set to double over the next 25 years. And society – particularly our transportation systems meant to keep people mobile and active – is not prepared for this “silver tsunami.” Finding the keys to what needs to happen to prepare… Read more »