Since our last update, the Student Transportation Action Research Team (START) has been partaking in lots of exciting, transportation-related, activities aimed at increasing awareness about alternative modes of transportation in and around the UCLA area.

The most time consuming project of the quarter was the informative video we put together to identify the different means of transportation available to UCLA students and professors alike. The video was produced to be a competitive entry in the UCLA Sustainability Video Competition, which aimed to identify mechanisms of sustainability accessible to the UCLA community.

In order to create the video, START, using only a Flip camcorder and iMovie, looked to film different forms of transportation around UCLA while systematically identifying the benefits associated with riding a bus, bike, or walking as opposed to driving a car, while simultaneously showing just how easy it is to take advantage of the sustainable means of transportation that the UCLA area has to offer.

The video can be found at: Start Transportation Video

In addition, the team has produced a quick survey in order to help determine public opinion with regards to bicycling.

START’s survey attempts to identify reasons why people bike to class as well as garner information as to the reasons why people don’t use bicycles and choose alternative means of transportation. The information gathered from the survey will help UCLA Transportation determine how best to address the various issues the UCLA student body has with bicycle transportation on campus.

Finally, the team helped UCLA Transportation in a Sharrow Analysis. In short, the project aims to determine the effectiveness of the sharrows on bikers in the Westwood area by determining how bikers use the sharrows on the street as guidelines for their position on the road. The team observed two sets of sharrows on Westwood Blvd outside of the UCLA Medical Plaza near the Ackerman Terminal during peak hours for two days in order to garner a large enough sample size of the bicycle population on campus and to determine the effectiveness of the sharrows on their bicycling paths.

For the remaining of the quarter, START is focusing its efforts on the School Wide Bike-To-Campus Week in order to increase awareness about sustainable transportation within the UCLA community. By partaking in an education campaign, as well as utilizing the many resources already present in the UCLA infrastructure, START hopes to significantly alter the mindset regarding transportation in the UCLA area by informing the student body about alternative, sustainable means of transportation.