potential for mapping

29 01 2010

I had a great meeting today with VH from The Open Planning Project. I’m a big fan of this organization. I think the work they’re doing has enormous potential for improving the ways our city agencies interface with and plan for their communities. VH used the phrase “participatory planning” –it somehow seems to adds another level to the “community based planning” concept.

I also had the opportunity to meet with LB and SS, two other TOPP folks who helped me realize that I needed to focus some of my ideas for the online platform.  In talking with VH today, we discussed the ways in which we can potentially make this mapping component to CAB a reality.  I truly believe it has the ability to impact master planning projects through cities–but I believe that, within a concentrated area, such as with Pratt’s cycling community, we can become intimate with the mapping data and produce a mapped network of information that can eventually be utilized by city governments, master planners, etc.

As I mentioned to VH, I don’t want this project to remain insular to Pratt.  I truly believe that CAB has the potential to benefit and add to the other work that has been done by alternative transit advocacy organizations and agencies.

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.