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Bike in the community!

Bike in the community!

During today’s Lunch and Learn our guests were Steven Lane & Elizabeth Adamczyk, bike activists. Steven represented Critical Mass community bike rides and ¬†Elizabeth represented Women Bike Chicago as well as Silent Rides in Chicago. These community bike groups are empowering more people to become cyclists and take advantage of the road. Hearing about how...
Competition time

Competition time

Today we all had to go to Humboldt Park and get more surveys filled out. The surveys have been updated since the last time we went out for it, they have been translated to Spanish and some of the questions have been simplified. We did like the characters in Scooby doo and split up at...
Updating the bike friendly building design

Updating the bike friendly building design

As the progress on our designs for bike friendly housing continues, we revised our layouts for the patio, backyard, and basement storage today. Originally, we had canopies over the bike racks on the patio, but then, after some suggestions and thorough analyzing, we decided to edit our designs by scrapping the canopy because it blocked...
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Field Trip

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art Field Trip

My second day on the job was full of new experiences for me. Towards the end of the day the group was invited on a field trip to Intuit to explore the arts. Once we arrived we were given time to look around and take in all the outsider art pieces that were on display....
Our guest from CMAP!

Our guest from CMAP!

At today’s Lunch& Learn our guest was an urban planner from CMAP, Maggie Jarr. She presented information about road maintenance and bike safety. I felt like she did a really good job explaining how CMAP supports energy efficient means of transportation. She helped us generate better questions to ask LUCHA residents and get them to...
Surveying the public!

Surveying the public!

Today we had to stand in the sun, and a bit of shared shade, to interview people and gather information about peoples bike uses and habits. We would ask them about their habits on owning a bike and how they use it. We were joined by the other interns that were a part of the...
Difference In Ideas

Difference In Ideas

At the lucha buildings where we will be working, we interviewed a large array of people and found they all had different opinions on people living there and wanted different things for the building. Finding that people do not always share the same opinion even though they share the living space, was surprising because you...
Bike Storage Ideas

Bike Storage Ideas

Today a representative from the Active Transportation Alliance visited the office to tell us about their work creating safer routes for bikers, pedestrians, and users of public transportation and to talk to us about our ideas for bikeLab. During our discussion we addressed several issues affecting the Chicago biker community, and we proposed viable solutions...
Cyclists around the park

Cyclists around the park

The team took advantage of the day and went outside to collect more in person survey’s! We ventured to millennium¬†park to ask people where they store their bikes and to share any bike stories with us. We ran into many cyclists and came across a few experienced cyclists from around the world! One such encounter...
Making Bikes Accessible

Making Bikes Accessible

Today we went to go visit some of the LUCHA buildings that are struggling with storing their bikes. We visited the apartments to see how we can help them store their bikes by looking around and seeing how they currently put them away. That will help us come up with an easier design for them...