more revisions and more to do

28 09 2009

Immediate Recommendations

I’ve made some further revisions to the usage survey. I will post the final link once I have submitted it to Vladamir for his input and assistance. I am struggling with length. It might be too long… I’m concerned about distribution and how I’m going to analyze all of the results however, once the survey is out, I think I’ll feel as though this project is more concrete. There are a lot of things up in the air currently and I’m trying to lock down as many tangible, completed tasks as possible.

draft usage survey

23 09 2009

Draft Usage Survey

Draft Usage Survey

to-do #1: blog about meeting

17 09 2009

On Tuesday I met with CJ, EH, DJ, RS (glad he came!), and two new folks, C and P (last initials unknown) from SGA. Great meeting!! Reviewed my presentation that was done for ER and friends and discussed the progress made. I have now successfully gotten all parties involved. Not all are at the table together, but in attempting to create a collaborative process, I think I’ve been successful thus far. At the meeting we discussed the projects next steps and DJ was quick to suggest a great way of getting students involved in the planning process in a way I hadn’t thought about…ask them straight up. I’m not sure if the administration would be entirely open to this however, I think they could be persuaded. Students have a lot of great insight, that’s why I want their input. I thought the best way would be to survey them but, that doesn’t necessarily give us the information we need to make decisions. Instead, CJ and DJ said–and RS for that matter–said, treat these things separately. The “design jam”–to use DJ’s term, would be a way to actively generate practical ideas: – present the problem. – present the complexities. – say–these are some things that are on the table. what would you do? This engages students in a way of thinking and working with the administration that is far more productive. The survey, on the other hand, offers insight into usage. Less of an opinion survey and more of a “how do you use bikes?” questionnaire. This will offer useful information for the projects “platform”–the online component. As CJ pointed out, there are two stages almost: the “project” (read: bike racks and policies) and the “platform” (read: the collaborative, creative, information/research based component). The trick is to have them both inform the other. I need to provide EC, ER and WS with the following: – recommendations, – requests for further study – and a time line. This must be detailed, realistic, and somehow demonstrate to them the practical reasoning for the ways I’m going to achieve the “practical” I came away from that meeting feeling high on what I had accomplished. It’s all coming together now, and I can see the challenges and I can see the beauty. This is real. CJ is excited. I could tell by his follow up email. This is certainly an exciting can of worms… Honestly, I’m nervous…

before i start blogging about the meeting

17 09 2009

…why is my time stamp so off? I would just like to put it out there that I am not up at 6am writing these blog posts. I’m committed but not THAT committed.

why is it easier to make a “to-do” list than to actually DO?

17 09 2009

1) Blog about meeting

2) Send follow-up thank you email

3) Email C,P and A at SGA (gonna be a great asset)

4) Revise project calendar

5) Set up meeting with DJ to discuss “Design Jam”/ Planning Charrette

6) Follow- up with CJ

7) Follow up with LT (another great asset)

8 ) Check out biciplanning…I’m very curious

9) Figure out what the heck I’m supposed to do next–this is truly taking form!

reaching out.

14 09 2009

I began the process of getting in touch with outside organizations today. So far, Open Planning Project and League of American Bicyclists. I will also be contacting Transportation Alternatives to see how they can get involved too. Tomorrow, I’ll be meeting with DJ, EH, TG (maybe), RS (also a maybe) and CJ to discuss how things are going and where they should/could be headed. The school semester has started so it is crucial for me to begin getting students and student organizations involved. I need to get someone from Student Life at that meeting… I also need to send Chris and Eva my sample survey questions… lots to do today to keep myself on track with this project. I feel like I need to make a list of all of the people who I think would be interested in helping me create such a program on the campus of Pratt. From outside Pratt to on campus resources. If I have those people involved, it may help me convince ER, EC and WS that they don’t just need more bike racks and administrative policies, but what they in fact need is a comprehensive bike program.

getting more people involved

11 09 2009

I’m still thinking about my meeting with EC,ER,RS and WS. It was a productive meeting. It didn’t go as I had hoped or expected, but I think I have a clear understanding of what the facility/security offices feel is their priority. –more bike racks and where should they be placed– CAB was sparked by my feeling that there was a lack of bike racks on campus so clearly, with ER, EC and WS in agreement with me here, this is a huge win for the start of Campus Area Biking. What I have since realised is that I want Campus Area Biking to be more than just bike racks. I see this project being mapping studies, student driven projects, innovative designs, new policies, practical layouts for bike storage, community enrichment, bike advocacy… What I want to bring to Pratt is a different approach at handling bike policy and planning on campus and hopefully beyond. I now know, I can’t do this alone. I don’t have the knowledge, the talk, the right go-ahead to get that going. There are so many organizations who are ready and willing to lend a hand. I’ve got the ideas but now it’s time to get others involved. And fast… ER wants me to come up with a plan fast…real fast–like yesterday fast so, I need to get it together and broaden my resource base if I want it to be anything like I imagine in my head.

possible mapping resource

9 09 2009

the bike racks at pratt…

9 09 2009

It isn't attached to the ground! Located at Main Gate

if they aren’t attached to the ground…then they are over crowded.

Overcrowded Racks located by Pratt Studios


1 09 2009

Today marks the beginning. The beginning of my blog, the beginning of the fall semester, the beginning of September, the beginning of my thesis project. Tomorrow, I will be presenting my thesis proposal, Campus Area Biking, to, pretty much, the heads of Pratt Institute. The objectives: to give a brief overview of the project, and to gather feedback from the guys who will ultimately say, “yea” or “nae”.

In short, Campus Area Biking is a student-generated initiative designed to establish a process and a platform on which student groups and campus Facilities can build and develop a model bike program that functions within the constraints of an urban college campus. Using different analysis, mapping studies, site surveys, and community outreach, the hope is to utilize web-based systems to build an online platform that will bring stakeholders together and create an extensive bike program. I’ve never created a website but I’m hoping the Pratt IT department will help me out with that…

Using on campus resources as well as outside resources such as NYCDOT, Times-up New York, Transportation Alternatives, ultimately, the goal is to develop optimal infrastructure and solutions that will better serve students’ biking needs while simultaneously working with the administration to insure biking to-and-from Pratt is safe and less problematic for campus Facilities and Security. Programs like this exist on other sprawling campuses (check out UC Davis) but nothing has been successfully completed on an urban campus.

In New York City, it’s almost silly that nothing like this exists so, I’ve taken it on. I hope to rally support from campus administration but most of all, I hope to get students involved! There are hundreds of us at Pratt who bike (and many that don’t) and feel that a better biking program on campus would add to campus life and to bettering NYC as a whole. This blog will document my projects process, things I like/loathe related to biking, biking stories, bike resources and more…