Photo: Chris R. HamiltonMy passion is to help cities unlock their potential for becoming more happy, prosperous, healthy and green places by unleashing the power of Active Transport and TDM. I’ve been lucky to have done that in a few places.

Previously as Commuter Services Bureau Chief of Arlington’s, DOT (1993 thru 2015), I helped build and lead the largest, most innovative TDM/mobility management team in North America, whose mission is to make it easy for people to take transit, bike, and walk rather than drive alone. Over the last 20 years I’ve helped pioneer the use of Commuter Stores, online fare purchases, innovative marketing, B2B solutions, walk and bike encouragement, the east coast’s first on-street carshare, TDM for Site Plan Development, impactful research through our Mobility Lab and the USA’s first major bikeshare program. Research says there’s a host of benefits and analysis concludes these programs remove 42,000 SOV trips daily. This maximizes smart-growth policies and investment in transportation infrastructure. The result? While adding 46,000 residents and 38,000 jobs over the last two decades traffic on Arlington’s streets (as measured on arterials) has dropped in most cases. The result is Arlington’s tax base, business climate and quality of life are the envy of cities worldwide.

634846065417026352-florida-keys-series-3-walking-on-duval-street-in-key-west-2I’m a native of Washington, D.C. and now live in Key West, Florida where I took on the role of Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Key West’s Planning Department in January, 2016. Find me on the City of Key West web site and here’s our new Car-Free Key West program and the Bike/Ped Plan we’re working on. You can email me at the City at chamilton @ cityofkeywest-fl.gov.

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– Chris R. Hamilton