Tagged: Arlington

historyA new map lets you explore historic places in Arlington County, Virginia. I used the Arlington Historical Society‘s web site to learn about historic sites. My Arlington Historic Sites map puts all 107 points on the map. To help people get around, I’ve also included options to show Metro stations and Capital Bikeshare stations.

Some of the historic locations didn’t have exact addresses, so the markers might not be exact. (Let me know if any location should be moved.) Hopefully this is a good way to discover historic sites near you.

If you’re a total transit nerd, this will be exciting. To prepare for a bus-themed event for the Transportation Techies meetup group, we’re making public APC data sets. That’s automated passenger counter; electronic devices that measure people boarding and alighting. We’re sharing it in hopes that local programmers will use it to create visualizations of how people use the bus.

2013-09 Raw Stop Data.xlsx is from Arlington Transit. It has 12 columns and 20,460 rows (1.2MB). The data is for weekdays in September 2013. I’ve created a CSV version, 2013-09 Raw Stop Data.csv. Here’s what 3 sample rows looks like: » Continue Reading…

Arlington Bike Counts, Activity MapperArlington has a collection of automated trail counters which can distinguish between pedestrians and bikes, and can also record the direction of travel. This data is transmitted live to a database, managed with Eco Counter software. I recently got access to the data and was able to experiment with how to visualize it. I decided to add it as a dataset to my new Activity Mapper, which lets you animate and interact with a chronological and geographical data set.

For each coordinate, Activity Mapper lets you compare two numbers. For Metro it was entrances and exits at each station. For Capital Bikeshare it was bikeins and bikeouts at each station, and grew to include datasets comparing casual riders to registered riders, and trips that fell within or beyond the 30-min time limit. For my first look at Arlington’s trail counters, I chose to look at the past year of bike traffic (excluding pedestrian traffic), broken down into 365 days. The two data sets compare “trips in” to “trips out,” refering to the direction of the bike. Unfortunately, this version does not yet indicate the direction in the display. » Continue Reading…

Mondays in October are home to a serialized theatre event that I’ve been lucky enough to attend for the past two years. Like soap operas, the Hope Operas feature recurring characters and advancing plots. Though self-contained, the real fun is to return to see cliff-hangers resolved and characters grow. For 2013, their fifth year, the theme was “cartoons for adults.” Here are photos and summaries from the five shows that contributed episodes.

2013 Hope Operas
John Tweel, Tony Greenberg, Catherine Aselford, Andrew Lloyd Baughman, and Jefferson Farber
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I joined Arlington, Virginia families for my first-ever kidical mass. October’s ride had a Halloween theme, so the kids dressed up, and we biked down Jackson St, a road in the Ashton Heights neighborhood that is known for several haunted houses. Here are a few photos from the bike ride:

Halloween 2013 Arlington Kidical Mass
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A Spooky Bike Ride for Kids

Just weeks after leaving his post as secretary of transportation in the Obama administration, Ray LaHood came to Arlington, Virginia to talk about the future of transportation in America. He was brought here by Mobility Lab, which held the event at the Arlington campus of George Mason University. LaHood’s vision is for a “people first” approach to transportation planning, advocating for “bikeshare, transit, streetcars, walking and biking paths,” and “safe routes to school.” Photos from the event:

Ray LaHood at Mobility Lab in GMU
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A bike race in a parking garage? That’s the annual Diamond Derby. An office building in Crystal City was cleared of cars and turned into an obstacle course for cyclists. Bales of hay were piled in the middle of the course, giving the contestants a chance to prove how quickly they can dismount their bikes, clear the haystacks, and get back on course. Many of the cyclists dressed up for the occasion in fun costumes, as you can see in these photos:

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arlingtonArlington County has released its own set of bicycle accident data. There were 227 incidents recorded from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012 (though the first recorded accident wasn’t until March 1, 2010). That’s 6.3 reported incidents a month. I’ve made a map for them, the Arlington Bicycle Accidents Stat Mapper. It’s the same program as the DC Bicycle Accidents Stat Mapper.

I did not combine the two jurisdictions because the date ranges are different, and because the data formats were different.

Arlington’s map has 174 locations. The spot with the most accidents was Lee Highway at Fort Myer Dr, with 8 accidents recorded there. Clicking on a pin will show detailed information for all of the incidents at that location.

The source data has an “at” street and a “cross” street for each record. Some of them have a “landmark” field which is often used to describe the block number, and another field (3, actually, which I’ve combined) is sometimes used to describe the distance from the intersection. » Continue Reading…

In the tradition of keeping Clarendon weird, the 15th Annual Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade brought its goofy revelry to Wilson Boulevard. Sponsored by the Clarendon Alliance, the parade is more clean civic pride than drunken debauchery. The spirit of New Orleans was mostly in the copious amount of plastic beads thrown out. Students from Louisiana State University had by far the best costumes. None of the cars and trucks were really decorated as floats, with one grand exception: the entry from Countdown to Yuri’s Night, the organizer of the annual Yuri’s Night party. Their giant robot head was the highlight of the parade. Check out the photos below:

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade
One of the floats tossing out beads
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2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade

It’s great to see a vast underground multi-level parking garage put to a creative new use. The Diamond Derby returned to Crystal City, landing in a garage a few blocks from their debut in March. Crystal City doesn’t have many exciting venues, so this bike race was a good fit. Biking in the D.C. region isn’t normally a spectator sport; the derby was a fun opportunity to watch folks hustling around the underground space, many in costume. The final race added a haystack obstacle, with the top-level cyclists practically flying over and smashing through. Here are some photos from the event.

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