Mobility Lab’s Top 10 of 2016
In 2016, our friends up north at Mobility Lab say their most-read articles ranged from looks ahead to what carpooling and sidewalks might be like in the near future, to local, D.C.-area lessons about bike parking and bikeshare ridership insights.
Also popular were stories about businesses working with employees to dramatically reduce solo-driving commutes, and new biking and walking trails bringing business and new travel options to communities. These stories offered encouraging glimpses at the non-driving transportation thinking spreading throughout cities and towns across the country.
10. Bike parking gets people riding. Here’s how to build it right.
Visible, safe, and well-designed bike parking can play an influential role in encouraging people to bike to work and other destinations. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/02/08/bike-parking-gets-people-riding/
9. Virginia’s new Capital Trail spurs biking investments along its route
Not only has the new 55-mile trail from Richmond, Va., to Jamestown brought visitors to the corridor, it has also encouraged adjacent communities to invest in bicycling education and trail connections. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/12/12/virginia-capital-trail-spurs-investments-biking-along-route/
8. Transportation options are looking different – sidewalks should too How cities and businesses think about how they use their sidewalk and curb space is changing with new options like bikeshare and ride-hailing services. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/04/05/transportation-options-sidewalk-design/
7. Transportation redefined: Cities must work with shared mobility options
As ride-sharing and -hailing options spread, cities are finding ways to integrate them into their existing transit portfolios. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/03/25/transportation-redefined-cities-sharing-economy/
6. Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says
A study from the Mineta Transportation Institute found bikeshare collisions in major metropolitan areas to occur at lower rates than crashes with personal bikes, possibly due to the types of bikeshare riders and the designs of those bikes. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/03/21/bikeshare-safe-new-research-says/
5. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation cuts solo driving with employee programs
Faced with a move to a new complex in bustling downtown Seattle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation created a flexible, wide-ranging employee commuter program to ultimately halve its drive-alone commute rate. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/05/23/gates-foundation-building-tdm/
4. Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand
Through financing incentives, cities can treat affordable housing as a transportation demand management strategy, locating more affordable housing near frequent transit corridors. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/04/28/affordable-housing-and-transit/
3. Filling up the seats in cars: The future of driving
Our video examined what a future of efficient carpools and highways might look like, from better ride-matching to shared autonomous vehicles. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/03/22/video-future-driving/
2. Bikeshare GPS insights highlight stark differences across types of trips
Contributor Jon Wergin presented his analysis of GPS-tagged Capital Bikeshare bikes, finding common routes for both frequent, registered riders and visiting ones. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/06/21/capital-bikeshare-gps-data-trips/
1. The yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders
Swedish company Hovding paired with the London Cyclists Campaign to create a simple button that lets bicyclists record, and ultimately map, the locations of stressful biking conditions. http://mobilitylab.org/2016/06/15/yellow-bicycle-button-attention-city-leaders/