By Sarah Huang- Bike
The bike team faced some minor setbacks as finding participants for our focus groups was actually more difficult than we expected. However, after re-organizing our goals for the quarter, we decided to push the dates of surveys and focus groups to take place in the beginning of spring quarter. During the last few weeks of winter quarter, we are going to use every avenue available to advertise to residents about the research we are doing and the importance of their feedback.
But, before all the administrative and marketing work happened, the bike team went to the Bike Day Family Festival at the Fowler Museum. The event catered mostly to nearby families; it had bike art installations, a documentary screening on the fixed gear culture of Los Angeles, free bike churned ice cream and a raffle for 2 bikes. It was really nice seeing people interested in bike culture and being able to attend an event that most of us would not have known if we were not on the bike team. I felt like it was a really cool event, and if more people knew about the event the attendance of students would have definitely increased. Although, the heavy rain on Sunday may have been an obstacle.
Starting with Monday of week 9, the bike team attended the UCLA Bike Coalition meeting to spread the word about our focus groups. And although the majority of their members were graduate students, they were very interested in our research and wanted to help promote bike culture on campus. Following that, we also attended building association meetings on the hill and the team green meeting to present on our focus groups. The meeting attendees seemed very receptive, so hopefully they help us promote the study and we can get the participants we need!
As for next quarter, we expect to finish our research portion of the program within in the first 2 weeks of the spring quarter. With that, we can analyze the results and see which actions are the best to take in order address the needs of Hill residents and promote bike culture at the same time.