By Jacob Garson- Bike
Greetings from the Biking ARTeam!
We are now winding down the third week of the quarter and wow has it moved quickly. We had our first meeting with our stakeholders last Friday and made a lot of solid progress in establishing our goals and objectives.
Our current stakeholders are UCLA Transportation Planning Analyst Mike King, a surprisingly cool guy who knows the detailed ins and outs of biking here at UCLA, and the experienced and involved Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, current Housing & Hospitality Services Sustainability Manager. We will be working very closely with other H&HS staff, however, through the course of the next two quarters as roles get settled. So far we’ve succeeded in narrowing the scope of our project, which is going to be focused on meeting the biking demands of UCLA students living on the residential hill. To establish these needs, we’ve decided on a process of surveying residents to see what kind of services they want and feel are currently lacking, getting the information directly from the horse’s mouth as it were. Alongside these surveys, we plan to conduct a feasibility assessment of the Hill to measure its capacity for biking services. We’re hoping to find things out, like if it has the space for more bike racks, or bike channels along stairwells, potentially if there’s an empty ground-level room that could be turned into the Hill’s very own bike shop.
After having collected student opinion and established the potential possibilities, we hope to engage in some "relaxation research" and simply connect the dots between what the students want and what the Hill is able to provide. Hopefully the two ends will fit reasonably well, and what with the encouragement and enthusiasm we’ve seen on the part of H&HS staff so far we think we’ll be able to get the wheels a-turnin’ on some substantial biking progress. Check back Week 5 for our second update.