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…

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.

now that i’m on wordpress

27 01 2010

I’m beginning to feel like this project is really coming together.  Though this site is not directly attached to Pratt’s web system, I think it holds a lot of useful information.  It looks good, has page tabs, and has the potential to be an excellent resource that students can contribute to.

I will be continuing to update the “project documents” tab.  This tab will really contain all the PDF files that I’ve made for meetings and communications to faculty, advisors and even participants.  Eventually, I hope to have links (or direct PDFs) of “Pratt’s policies” regarding bikes on campus, safety, security, abandoned bikes etc.  This might be the hardest thing to do though I think this website might help to convince the administration.

I now have to complete the Design Jam notes (i know–still late).  I will then be sending out emails to all the Jam participants to get their feedback on the notes–to see if I missed anything–and then I will finish drafting formal recommendations to the campus facilities/securities director.

Look for much more frequent project updates as I begin moving this project ahead.  I have a lot to do this semester!

Stay tuned…

in need of more

26 01 2010

I know. I know. This blog is desperately in need of a formal update. After taking the winter break off from this project completely – I’m now back in the saddle, ready to move this project forward.

Two big accomplishments: The video below, completed by BC and A(last name initial unknown). Very exciting. BC is also looking to put together a video of the Design Jam. I am working on getting still images to post on the blog of the event. The other great feat was getting a direct link to Campus Area Biking’s CSDS website. Click on the bike logo (designed by DJ) and it will take you to the CAB site. The goal is to build up with website to include links to resources, maps, student projects and more–that will be requiring most of my time this spring.

Right now, I am formatting the notes from the Jam (late, I know)and a draft of the formal recommendations will soon follow. Those will be posted (and emailed) for review and comments. After the comment period, I will submit to the main heads on campus, including the President (why not, right?). This semester is all about reaching out with this project. It can no longer remain insular. I will be engaging heavily with the office of Student Affairs, NYPIRG reps and students/faculty directly. Many people have mentioned getting the community board’s transportation rep involved. I like the idea–but not sure yet how best to approach this. It has also been suggested that I narrow my focus on the accomplish-able things. I also agree with this and will spend this week narrowing my focus on what the Spring semester holds for CAB.

Until then, please be patient–updates on the Jam and Draft recommendations are to follow asap. Oh yeah—and…what do you think about a time laps video of the Higgins Hall racks? Hmmm……