the good

5 03 2010

Right now, there is a lot of confusion regarding Pratt’s bike policies–Example:  In a printed student handbook, it says that you can not ride a bike on campus however as EL explained, that statement is incorrect.  This policy doesn’t actually exist.

On the Pratt website, if you’re looking for policies on bikes, good luck finding them easily.  It took a couple of searches and deep down on Security’s page, there is a blurb about biking and a couple of good/useful links   (check it out here).  If you go through other campus websites such as Columbia, or US Davis, you can easily find clear and concise policy information.  There is no grey area when it comes to their policies.

That is why I have been working with some key people (AG-K from NYPIRG, CW from SGA, my advisor CJ and EL with Student Affairs) to clarifying the current campus bike policies.  Once we have a clear understanding of the current policy, we can modify, add policies that are more effective and beneficial to everyone.  We’ve put together a draft and we’re planning to send it off to the Security Office so they can fill in the blanks (literally) to the policy.

Example:

Abandoned Bike Policy

If a bike is continuously parked in the same place for two weeks without being moved, Security considers it abandoned. If a bike is deemed abandoned, a tag with a timestamped warning will be attached to the bike. If the bike is not relocated to an appropriate bike rack within__________minutes/hours/days of being tagged, if will be removed and confiscated. In the process of removing and confiscating a bike, Security will, if necessary, cut and discard the lock, chain or security device. Pratt Institute is not responsible or liable in any manner for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles, or for the replacement cost of locks, chains, or other security devices.

The black is what currently exists on the website, the red is the information that needs clarification.  These are simple modifications but they would greatly improve the current policy.

The goal is to have this information printed and available on Green Week’s “Transportation Tuesday” (see the events page for details). And I will also have the policy information posted on this site.  Eventually, we hope the Security Office will replace their existing text with what we’ve put together.  If that happens, it would be huge.  It would mean that we (those who attended the design jam and those who have provided significant input into this process) worked with the administration to provide students with accurate, useful, and transparent policy information.  That is what I would call “collaborative planning” and at Pratt–that would be a Campus Area Biking success!





next up on the to-do list…

29 01 2010
I’ve got a few things on my plate and my mind right now—all very exciting.  My to-do list is growing but I’m excited to work on everything listed.  It has certainly been a while since I’ve felt this excited about the things happing with CAB.  Let’s keep this project moving in the right direction! So–things to get done:
  1. Advertising campaign to get more blog traffic (utilize SGA and NYPIRG for this–bike spoke cards, posters etc)
  2. Figure out the whole “wiki” thing – what are the possibilities for adding one to the site (or a link to one)
  3. add a “maps” page to include image links to NYC bike map, campus map (with rack locations), etc.
  4. upload draft infrastructure recommendations
  5. upload Design Jam files
  6. Continue survey data analysis – consider if other surveys are necessary and begin drafting
  7. Reaching out to President Schutte regarding joining us on the Campus Area Bike Ride for Green Week.

I hope to have # 2-5 accomplished by Monday evening.  I’ll let be working to set up meetings with my project’s advisors so I can provide everyone with updates and get feedback on how to maintain this momentum I’m feeling right now.  I’m hoping to solidify some of the plans for the Green Week ride and begin working on #1 on the list above.  # 4 and 5 have been on the list for a while now and it’s time I kick those things asap.  Developing more surveys will only be necessary if I feel there is information that is missing from the current data and is needed for developing an aspect of the project farther.  An example of this could be trying to answer why those who own bikes but aren’t currently commuters (as we know from the data– that is 20% of the non-commuting population) are commuting by bike.  Do they not feel safe?  No parking?  Worried about bike security? etc.

Another good survey could be to get more data on current bike routes.  Another one might be more pedestrian related could be about pedestrian safety in regards to cyclists riding through campus – is this really a problem?  This information may prove to be unnecessary but you never know…