it might not actually be on…

25 02 2010

it’s a long story and when i’m feeling less depressed about it, i’ll post an update of the possibly canceled ride.  :o(

it’s ON!

24 02 2010

Confirmation from AP within ER’s office says that we can go ahead with the first ever Campus Area Bike Ride.  The school will provide no insurance coverage so I must draft up my own liability form (so no one sues me) and then we can move ahead with planning.  This is very exciting!

I will provide new details on the ride as well as Transportation Tuesday which will be held March 30th during Pratt’s Green Week.  As long as the weather is right, we’ll head out to the Unisphere, do a little picnicking and relaxing and set the precedent for holding a school bike ride event.  This is a big win for the CAB initiative.  Now–we must advertise!

I’ll be adding an events page to the blog to house the flyers and details for the Transportation Tuesday events as well as create a sign up form for students to sign up for the ride.  I’ll also add the liability form for them to download, fill out and submit to me upon the day of the ride.

I’ll be taking this weekend to organize this information so keep an eye out for new blog posts and updates to the page.

Right now–I’m preparing for the policy meeting tomorrow and writing the article for GCPE newsletter.  There are a lot of exciting things with CAB this month–stay tuned!

next week is gonna be a busy one

19 02 2010

Since I’ve been recovering from a slight (read: annoying) cold, I haven’t had much time to spend on my data analysis–something I was hoping to do this week.  Next week, I’ve got lots of things going on and to be honest, I’m much more productive that way.  I’ve got three exciting meetings planned next week, one with LT and CJ to discuss the Campus Area Bike Ride we have planned for Green Week.  The major concern I have is liability.  ER has to give the go ahead and I’m concerned he’s not going to be fully supportive.  We’ll also be talking about the best ways to get students to sign up and how we’re going to promote the event.

On Wednesday, I have a meeting with AG-K to also talk about the event’s promotion, printing, design etc.  I’m also going to be talking with her about how I can get one of her interns a bit more involved in the project–if she/he’s interested.  I’d like to do some reaching out to the local bike shops and that’s one thing I could use an extra set of hands for.  Also, if they’re interested in designing posters etc.  I hope they’ll have the time to put towards helping me out.

The other meeting scheduled is on Thursday with CW, CJ, and AG-K (and possibly EL of Student Affairs).  We’ll be discussing policy recommendations and hopefully hashing out a clear plan to propose to Dr. A to implement in the summer.  We’ll also discuss developing literature that may be useful to hand out during the Transportation Tuesday of Green Week (the day of our ride–3/30).  I’d also like to talk with them about how they see this blog/website functioning within Pratt’s web system.  I’m not sure how possible it is to integrate them but, I’ve established something real here and I think it would be a waste to not figure out how we can begin combining efforts with the Pratt IT team.

Besides the planning the agendas for the meetings, I will also be working on survey analysis, answering interview questions for the awesome blog of former Pratt student, Vanessa Marie Robinson , and writing an article for the GCPE newsletter.  In addition to that, I’d also like to begin planning out and organizing how I’d like to formally present my capstone which will be given in a few short months (ahhh!).  I’ve also been asked by the landscape architecture firm working on Pratt’s master plan to provide some information to them regarding Pratt’s bike culture.

Like I said, next week is gonna be a busy one…

prioritizing the issues

11 02 2010

There were many issues identified at the Design Jam but, the four listed below were the common themes throughout the evening’s discussion–the threads that tied the issues together.  If the recommendations I propose address these four threads, they have the potential to tackle the other problems we’ve identified…

  1. Communication – of policies, safety and security concerns/tips, between responsible departments,
  2. Accessibility – to services (i.e. storage), onto campus (gates and pathways), access to information
  3. Safety – Safe storage, safe streets, safe riding
  4. Respect – for ALL alternative transit modes; the lack of respect on all fronts brings forth more animosity between administration, students, pedestrians, cyclists, skateborders etc…

The four key areas in need of improvement are:

  1. “All modes” policy – policies that address the various alternative modes of transit onto campus
  2. Information accessibility – web and print based info, signage, maps, etc
  3. Physical infrastructure – storage, security cameras, lighting, signage, etc
  4. Administrative continuity – responsible departments, follow-through, organization and clarification

design jam notes are (finally) posted

2 02 2010

I have finally posted the notes from the Design Jam, held Nov. 12, 2009.  There are many reasons it took so long to get these notes transcribed and uploaded and I fear that the time it took to present the information, people may have lost interest.  I sincerely hope not.  I know that I lost a lot of motivation towards the end of the fall semester – I felt very lost with the project.  Not knowing what direction to take it in and the best way to move forward.  I think I’ve regained my footing and I hope to be working much more closely with the office of Student Affairs.

To reflect, the Design Jam was created to bring all stakeholder groups together to discuss the ways in which we (as a whole) could improve the campus community and address the issues surrounding cycling and alternative transit modes in and around campus.  The purpose was to gather feedback on the best was to affect change on campus and figure out what (as a group) can be done to facilitate change?  What do people see are the possibilities for improving the bike infrastructure, programming and policies on the Pratt campus?

It has been my observations, in the short while I have been at Pratt, that too often decisions are made and changes to campus policies are put into place without a clear indication as to how and why those policies were created.  There may in fact be clear, valid reasons for creating such policies however, when the directly impacts the community’s (students, staff, faculty, neighbors) relationship to the campus, I believe those reasons should at least be presented and accessible.  An example of this would be the skateboard policy, which is someone controversial (no skateboards or Rollerblades on campus).  Another example is gate closures (though this was addressed by a committee as many community members spoke up about the issues).  The design jam was designed to challenge this method of addressing campus issues behind closed doors and to present a new platform for addressing the concerns.  By opening the dialog, a more productive conversation can take place and people become thoughtfully engaged in bettering their community.

The goals of the Jam were threefold: to understand the opportunities and constraints are so we are able to explore the potential solutions for addressing bikes on the Pratt campus, to gather creative and collaborative input and integrate the needs of all stakeholder groups and, to establish clear lines of communication for better, more effective collaboration.

The outcome would be a set of ideas that will help inform the recommendations to Pratt’s senior administration.

For a quick link to the notes, click here.

Please leave comments as your feedback (particularly those who participated in the event) is needed to help create the most effective set of recommendations.

mapping routes

1 02 2010

On the Bike Usage Survey that was sent out in October, I asked students to submit their route to campus.  I received over 275 responses.  I have an idea for creating an online mapping resource which I discussed with VH of  TOPP last week but, before doing anything online, I’d like to map these routes doing it the old school way–using a NYC bike map and a pen.  It’s going to be a little tricky but I think if it works, it’s going to look awesome and hopefully provide some useful insight.

Look for images in the “project documents” page next week!