By Dominic Butler- Bike
The Bike Team is amidst some exciting times in our research! We have had an overwhelming amount of support from the Housing and Hospitality Department on the Hill. Last Friday we met with Barbara Wilson, the Associate Director of Room Operations, and discussed the current state of bike racks on the hill--including the over-utilization of the racks in front of Covel and the underutilization of those outside of Sproul Cove.
The main focus of our project, at this point in time, is data collection through surveys and focus groups. In the past few weeks, the team has been brainstorming possible survey questions that will allow us to create a concise survey that will help us focus on relevant data while also making sure to remain unbiased. Josh O’Connor, the Leadership Development Coordinator for Residential Life, and his team have agreed to help us refine our questions with these goals in mind. Josh also generates similar, more in depth surveys to gauge student engagement and overall experience for all residents on campus.
Through these surveys, we would like to gauge student interest in current biking services offered on campus, and whether or not, the addition of certain other biking services will allow more students to utilize bikes as a viable form of transportation. The hardest part of the process has been figuring out what information is the most important from each audience. For example, we are extremely interested in the current problems currently bike users faces when riding, parking, and transporting their bikes on the hill. We are also very interested in what things are prohibiting those who currently do not use bikes from doing so, whether that be, safety, the geography of campus, or a lack of bike resources.
In one of our last stakeholder meeting, the team was shown a currently underused area of the hill that our stakeholders believe could possibly be utilized in the near future. We were tasked with using our data to come up with a plan for the space that would address student concern. In the next few weeks, as our survey data begins to accumulate, we will be trying to figure out ways to apply it to a physical space. Our project is showing a lot of promise at this point, and we are very excited to see where it leads!