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The 10 most transit-oriented celebrity musicians

New Urbanist Memes for Transit-Oriented Teens is a Facebook group where members go to post “any and all content, meme or otherwise, relating to [transit], urban planning and urban policy.” With recent profiles in The Guardian, The New York Times, City Lab, Chicago Mag and even a definition in 2000s relic Urban Dictionary, its membership... Read more » The post The 10 most transit-oriented celebrity musicians appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Sep. 21, 2018, Mobility Lab

How to create a bike culture: start with Hartford students

Hartford had a problem: the last bike shop closed in 2014. Bikes held a lot of promise for the city. Connecticut’s capital has the lowest rate of car ownership in the state – with 31.5 percent of households without vehicles – and an unemployment rate double the state average. Bikes could connect those households to... Read more » The post How to create a bike culture: start with Hartford students appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Sep. 20, 2018, Mobility Lab

Yes, being surrounded by other people is a strength of public transportation

The sociologist Richard Sennet describes cities as “places where strangers meet.” This defines the city both as larger than a village or neighborhood (where you might know or recognize everyone), but it excludes many of the areas that Americans label “cities.” Even if these “cities” have the mass of people necessary for there to be... Read more » The post Yes, being surrounded by other people is a strength of public transportation appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Sep. 18, 2018, Mobility Lab

Report: Taking transit a little more makes all of us safer

Organizations in the transportation industry are obsessed with safety. When those organizations are heavily focused on cars, drivers, and highways, that makes a lot of sense. And while safety is obviously still important for people on transit and on bikes and feet, unless cars get in those people’s way, those people are largely extremely safe.... Read more » The post Report: Taking transit a little more makes all of us safer appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Sep. 14, 2018, Mobility Lab

To make your transit system easier to navigate, use a better font

Good wayfinding – the methods and landmarks people use to orient themselves – is essential to any world-class transit system. Wayfinding can include maps, symbols, or any markers that intuitively and quickly convey important information to riders. But wayfinding isn’t just about symbols. It’s about text. Which means typography. A Kent State study from 2009... Read more » The post To make your transit system easier to navigate, use a better font appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Sep. 13, 2018, Mobility Lab

Bicycles: Ultimate Natural Disaster Response Tools

Have you considered how you might evacuate your home if the road was blocked by traffic or debris? During California’s wildfire season last year, this was the exact scenario residents faced as they fled for their lives. As Charity Ruiz, her husband, and two toddlers were evacuating from the Tubbs fire last fall, they encountered Read More
Sep. 13, 2018, BikeArlington

Data analysts show the potential value of Amtrak’s data… if they could find it

Amtrak is a valuable resource for the transportation ecosystem – especially in the Northeast – but few people know that. Opening its data could help Amtrak tell its story and provide context for delays and service disruptions, creating transparency that could build support for the system. While Amtrak is working towards this, its data isn’t... Read more » The post Data analysts show the potential value of Amtrak’s data… if they could find it appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Sep. 11, 2018, Mobility Lab

What to Expect at Arlington’s First-Ever Disaster Relief Trials

Many of the things that make bikes a great everyday commute option are the same things that make them a powerful tool to use during a natural disaster situation. They don’t rely on the electrical grid or gasoline, are nimble enough to maneuver, and easy enough to carry over obstacles. September is National Preparedness Month Read More
Aug. 29, 2018, BikeArlington

Must-See Films with Infamous Walking Scenes

What are the best movies that feature walking? We’ve rounded up some of the most obvious cinematic celebrations of walking, as well as some oddball favorites. Wizard of Oz This classic is entirely built upon the premise of the Yellow Brick Road, a golden pathway designed to take Dorothy to the Emerald City, where she’ll Read More
Aug. 20, 2018, WalkArlington

Family Bike Camping Along the C&O Canal

Several years ago, we came up with an idea to start a kid’s camp that uses outdoor adventure as a means to encourage alternative learning opportunities as well as promote physical and emotional well-being. Since our inaugural C&O Canal bike adventure in 2011, we have sponsored four trips on the towpath and exposed over 30 Read More
Aug. 14, 2018, BikeArlington