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The ultimate TV and movie public transportation database

Feedback from our recent Hollywood article got us thinking: we need a database of all of the times public transportation makes it onto the silver screen. Perhaps the most important thing about this database – [Editor’s note: other than the fact that it now exists for the first time anywhere] – is that it divides... Read more » The post The ultimate TV and movie public transportation database appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Feb. 24, 2018, Mobility Lab

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Bike Lock

No matter what your reason is for riding a bike, one of the best ways to secure a bike is to invest in a bike lock. However, not all bike locks are created equal. So how do bike owners and enthusiasts figure out which bike lock is best for them? Pay attention to some key Read More
Feb. 23, 2018, BikeArlington

Semi-on-demand rides is the hottest new service from Uber and Citymapper

A couple of interesting developments happened this week in the world of transportation options that fall somewhere between a bus and a taxi or private car. First, Uber Express Pool launched in several cities, including Washington D.C., which requires users to walk to a designated point to make those Uber Pool trips a little less... Read more » The post Semi-on-demand rides is the hottest new service from Uber and Citymapper appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Feb. 22, 2018, Mobility Lab

HAWK Signals: How Do They Work?

Whether denoted by painted parallel lines, zebra stripes, or simply two streets crossing, crosswalks are an important part of life in Arlington. They help clarify safe spaces for people walking. In the past few years, the way engineers and planners think about street design has changed. Some of the big changes include adding protected bike Read More
Feb. 21, 2018, BikeArlington

1 cent gas tax equates to more than is spent on bike and walk programs nationwide

A nice little calculation by Maryland-based transportation researcher Ben Kaufman (at his Medium website) finds that “a $.01 gas tax provides more than the annual federal funding for all cycling- and pedestrian-specific projects combined.” He notes that nobody should hold their breath for such a national spending structure to be implemented, but that local governments... Read more » The post 1 cent gas tax equates to more than is spent on bike and walk programs nationwide appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Feb. 16, 2018, Mobility Lab

You Don’t Have to Bike Up That Hill—Take the Bus

I bike three miles to work four days a week which takes me about 17 minutes (mostly downhill). I commute in all types of weather, except during bad storms and on icy roads. I enjoy being outside, seeing the seasons change, and getting a work out in before sitting at my desk for eight hours. Read More
Feb. 15, 2018, BikeArlington

New technology may push indifference to electric vehicles over the hump

Electric cars are far from new, although it sometimes seems like it. Since the 1830s, when the first electric carriage was developed, electric cars have been considered the future of transportation – always over the horizon, never quite ready. Finally, however, we seem on the verge of true mass-market adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) This,... Read more » The post New technology may push indifference to electric vehicles over the hump appeared first on Mobility Lab.
Feb. 13, 2018, Mobility Lab

Winter Biking: It’s Not as Cold and Frozen as You May Think

I started biking through the winter after a friend laid my biggest winter-related bike fears to rest. While fretting about where to lock my bike for it’s winter hibernation, I told her that biking in the snow seems terrible and that I would freeze! Perhaps these concerns are familiar to you? Well, according to my Read More
Feb. 1, 2018, BikeArlington

Mapping #BikeDC

If you bike and use social media, chances are you’ve seen the #bikedc hashtag. Twitter provides a steady stream of #bikedc tweets, while Instagram reports over 30,000 #bikedc photos, and Flickr has over 6,000 #bikedc photos. Building Heatmaps of #BikeDC Photos What are #BikeDC’s Favorite Places to Take Photos? I decided to explore Flickr’s repository, Read More
Jan. 23, 2018, BikeArlington

Smooth Sidewalk Edges Create Safer Neighborhood Walks

While on a December jog in my South Arlington neighborhood, I was pleasantly surprised to see many of the concrete sidewalk squares with neatly shaved edges. It really is the little things that mean a lot, especially to people with limited mobility. Previously, these had settled and/or risen to become tripping hazards, which had brought Read More
Jan. 22, 2018, WalkArlington