"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead, Anthropologist
(used with permission)

"If you don't like the news .... go out and make some of your own !!"

Wes "Scoop" Nisker, Newscaster


Government is a slow and tedious process. While it often includes citizen and neighborhood involvement, non-governmental, private organizations have created movements and interesting groups which can create positive change in our cities and towns.

I am fascinated by the way groups are created and how they influence public decision making. This blog merely recognizes them and forwards the description of these groups from their own websites.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Mobility Lab

Location: international

Website: www.mobilitylab.org

Mobility Lab shares stories, stats, and solutions from the real world for transportation options that are cool, healthy, fun, and efficient. We are a research-and-development initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services (in Virginia, USA), and we collaborate worldwide.

Mobility Lab nurtures innovations to a fundamental requirement of human life: transportation. It is a place of collaboration, education, and continuous improvement for moving people in more healthy, efficient, and sustainable ways.

Our vision is a human population that efficiently navigates individual movements between home, work, and all of life’s destinations.

Planning for easy and enjoyable transportation should be no different than researching your choice of a cell phone, physician, or any other product or service. To make this more possible in more places, we envision Mobility Lab as:

- The home of cutting-edge original transportation research,

- A convener and engager of top minds on the topic locally in the DC region, nationally, and worldwide, and

- The leading online source for how we can improve society by offering a better and healthier array of transportation options.

Mobility Lab focuses primarily on something the transportation industry calls “mobility management.” Often, the public is unaware that options exist – for transit, telework, ridesharing, bicycling, and walking – that can make the quality of life so much better.

We are a “think tank,” but one of our advantages is that we communicate research findings based on our real, daily in-house work within a huge, metropolitan region-wide program; with hundreds of thousands of customers; and with innovative mobility-management partners like BikeArlington, WalkArlington, Capital Bikeshare, Arlington Transportation Partners, goDCgo, The Commuter Stores®, and many others.

We provide our audiences with:

- Well-told and real-world transportation stories,

- Captivating case-studies,

- Original research that provides statistics to back up your case for how and why “transportation demand management” helps communities improve, and

- Practical and relevant solutions that are the outcomes of working with others and listening to what transportation problems need fixing.

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