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Tree Hugger Meets the Bike Hugger

Arlington County's continuing efforts to improve the network of bike infrastructure has recently butted up against Arlington County's efforts to improve its urban forest.  These represent two environmental goods--both of which I have strong...

Posted July 9, 2012    

Transforming the market for electric cars: The solution to "Range Anxiety"

Building the market for electric cars presents a tricky conundrum: charging.  People are less likely to want to buy an electric car if they are uncertain about being able to get it charged, and charging stations are not likely to pop up to...

Posted January 31, 2012    

New Bridge Design Serves Pedestrians and Cyclists Better

Arlington County has chosen a design for its upcoming rehabilitation of the Carlin Springs bridge over George Mason Drive.The current bridge has five-foot sidewalks and no accommodation for cyclists.  The new bridge will have 8-foot sidewalks...

Posted December 10, 2011    

Bike Rates Double In The US

Bike commuting has seen significant increases across the US between 2000 and 2009.  In the Northeast region, DC led the pack, tied with Philadelphia, at 2.2%.  That is up from 1.2% in 2000.Although DC's increase in cycling was not as...

Posted September 26, 2011    

Developer, NGO Cooperation Creates Positive Communities

There's a nice little urban space in Rosslyn that is a good example of how several organizations working together can make a small but positive impact on the urban form.  It's called CentralSpace, and it's pictured here.  What would...

Posted June 27, 2011    

How Renewable Energy Is Like The Swine Flu

Recently I visited an old friend of mine, and at one point our discussion turned to climate change and renewable energy.  He made the comment that renewables certainly make a lot of sense, but it's "up to the market" to determine their...

Posted June 9, 2011    

Utilising Transit "Service Nearby"

Last summer a friend of mine moved to a new apartment in Alexandria, an area of town he was not particularly familiar with.  He got in touch with me about trying to find a good way to commute by transit to his job in DC.  He knew that I...

Posted April 13, 2011