By Elizabeth Roswell- Bike
Since 3rd week, a lot has changed for us at the Bike Team. We discovered that our primary stakeholder, Aliana Lungo-Shapiro, is going to be taking a back seat as her job as she transitions out of her job as Housing & Hospitably Services Sustainability Manager. We got the chance to meet her successor and our new primary stakeholder, Emma Sorrel, at our last stakeholder meeting.
Along with Sorrel, we were lucky enough to meet with Josh O’Connor, Leadership Development Coordinator for Residential Life, who will be aiding us in the production and distribution of surveys on the Hill. We are very excited to be able to utilize O’Connor and his team’s survey expertise since this is our team is new to survey design. We are currently perfecting our survey and focus group questions so that we can send them over to O’Connor and his team will ensure that there are no leading questions or other factors that might skew our data. He also informed us of the different limitations we had with distribution of surveys on the Hill. We originally planned to release surveys to many buildings on the Hill but O’Connor told us that we were not allowed to do such a large scale survey without permission. So we have dialed back our surveying to two floors in every building as well as random sampling.
New faces weren't the only exciting part of our last stakeholder meeting, Mike King also had some very interesting news. He disclosed with us that there is a piece of land that is going to potentially become vacant soon. Transportation as well as many other Hill organizations are planning on using this land for student services. It is our job to figure out what this land can be used for in terms of biking and whether the residents feel it is needed. This was extremely exciting for us because this “bungalow” as King called it could be a great opportunity to implement more bike related services specifically for the Hill residents.
These past few weeks have given us even more direction and excitement moving forward!