Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters
Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters
Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters
Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections
Visualizing a 10-minute walk's worth of transportation connections
Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections
University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks
University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC's sidewalks
University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks
Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits
Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits
Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits
Hey neighbor, slow down – Why speed matters Hey neighbor, slow down – Why speed matters
Hey neighbor, slow down – Why speed matters
Hey neighbor, slow down – Why speed matters

Why is walking such a key part of transportation solutions

No matter what mode one might chose to get around by, it will always involve walking at one point or another. While many commuters may not consider walking as an option at all, it’s a key piece of a region’s overall connectivity.

Places that have interconnected streets, safe sidewalks, and a mix of uses will be more comfortable to walk through, and will therefore draw more people. Policies and laws that support and encourage a place’s walkability, including outreach and education about local resources and destinations, can support greater rates of walking in addition to the other modes that rely on walking for first- and last-mile connections.

Popular Walking Stories

To Fill Empty Offices, Arlington Must Focus on Transportation Options

Resting on the status quo of existing transportation options is no longer a winning strategy for places that want to attract new businesses.

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Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications.

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If “Shopping Small” Can Help Local Economies, Why Not “Driving Small?”

While the final numbers have yet to be released, preliminary reports suggest this was a merry holiday season for U.S. retailers.

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Recent Walking News

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters


March 17, 2017    Angela Urban

Bike/ped traffic counter spikes for disruptive events emphasize importance of transportation options Arlington has 38 bike and pedestrian counters along its trails and bike lanes, six of which capture how many people cross the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., every day. Two counters are located on Memorial Bridge, two on Key Bridge, one on Roosevelt… Read more »

Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections

Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections


March 10, 2017    Adam Russell

How far will 10 minutes of walking take you in Arlington? And which transportation options will you find? Mobility Lab’s tech advisor Michael Schade, inspired by a Twitter inquiry about walkshed visualisations, recently set out to create a localized walkshed tool that links walking to any number of transportation options. Speaking at last month’s walking-centric Transportation… Read more »

University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks

University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks


February 15, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other programmers at the recent Walk Hack Night presented data visualizations that explore walkability and walking connections in the Washington, D.C., region. Across the United States, 30.6 million Americans older than 15 live with mobility impairments, a significant portion of whom require an assistive aid like a walker or wheelchair. Despite progress since the Americans… Read more »

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits


January 30, 2017    Sheila McGraw

Long gone are the days of Mad Men, when smoke-filled offices were common place. If you had told anyone during that era that in 30 years, it would be illegal to light up in most public places, they would have laughed in your face. When smoking was identified as a preventable killer and a threat… Read more »

Hey neighbor, slow down – Why speed matters

Hey neighbor, slow down – Why speed matters


January 23, 2017    Alli Henry

It’s no secret – speed plays a major role in traffic related injuries and fatalities. With national traffic deaths on the rise, cities across the US are embracing safer street policies and lowering speed limits. Most vehicle crashes can be prevented by avoiding dangerous behaviors like distracted driving, driving under the influence, and excessive speeding…. Read more »

New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets

New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets


January 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

Ever since the car began dominating the way people move throughout the United States, bicycling and walking have become often dangerous and shunted propositions. Decades later, more engineers, planners, and developers are understanding the importance of rethinking the car-centered designs of roads in order to mitigate the dangers they pose for pedestrians. Today, Smart Growth… Read more »

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead


October 11, 2016    Paul Mackie

Pittsburgh’s time to shine has come. The city has been thrust into the national spotlight, viewed by many transportation leaders as one of the nation’s promising blueprints for how cities can finally do transportation well. But while visiting Pittsburgh last week, I had the chance to put Pittsburgh in context with what people outside of town… Read more »

WMATA finds that biking, walking improvements near Metro stations pay off

WMATA finds that biking, walking improvements near Metro stations pay off


September 29, 2016    Adam Russell

Metrorail is the backbone of the D.C. region’s transportation system, but that doesn’t mean each station exists in a vacuum. For many people, walking and biking from their station to their ultimate destination is a key part of the Metro experience, whether we consciously recognize it or not. That’s a driving idea behind WMATA’s Metrorail… Read more »

“Trail towns” embracing economic benefits of long-distance biking routes

“Trail towns” embracing economic benefits of long-distance biking routes


September 14, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Editor’s note: This is one of the final parts of our Transpo(nation) series, in which Andrew Carpenter bicycled across the U.S. – from San Francisco back to Washington D.C. – to report on transportation options. The home stretch of my trip through Pennsylvania and Maryland followed the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal… Read more »

Car-centric data encourages car-centric transportation planning

Car-centric data encourages car-centric transportation planning


August 22, 2016    Adam Russell

We often discuss the role of data in the transportation industry, especially how advocates are using it and new technologies to improve non-drive-alone transportation options. But Joe Cortwright, over at City Observatory, recently made a key point about data: the vast majority of new technology-driven transportation data is focused on making it easier to drive. The movement towards the development… Read more »

Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data

Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data


August 10, 2016    Paul Mackie

The following post is based on a presentation to a Safe Routes to School National Partnership webinar, “Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking.” The accompanying slides and the webinar recording can be found here. In the United States, cities build all kinds of new infrastructure when it’s time to host… Read more »

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options


July 13, 2016    Paul Mackie

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »