We met on Sunday after our trip to San Francisco to debrief our experience. we were able to take an hour to kind of hash out next steps based on the information we collected during our SF trip. We realized that we needed to be more specific in our project and that the SFMTA really believes LTS is the primary metric they should use when evaluating bikeability in San Francisco. This team meeting was important because we are now narrowing down our focus for our scope of work. We ended up proposing to investigate how intersections in a supervisor district in SF have different bikeability ratings.We also ended up calling Janice on Friday for our check-in. During the meeting, we were able to figure out specific streets in District 6 that had great intersections and streets with poor intersections. Janice also suggested that we provide the SF Bicycle Coalition with a document describing Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) and the areas that LTS fails to address. She suggested that we could use data and information found in other bike ability metric studies to supplement our report on the weaker areas of LTS. This report would be helpful in holding SFMTA accountable for their use of LTS to evaluate bike safety and prompt them to consider other factors when doing so.
We also met with David from the Stanford Geospatial Center on Friday. During this time, David showed us some good sources for GIS data online and suggested that we use Carto for displaying an interactive map that our community partner can use/share with the public.
What We Observed and Learned
The most important thing we learned and observed was that sometimes, community partners change plans and we have to be flexible and do it quickly to adjust to those changes effectively. We realize that at this point, we really need to start getting going on project components as we have been moving slowly along our project. Now that we have some clear deliverables, we can divide up the work accordingly and get things done quicker.
Critical Analysis/Moving Forward
The main priority for us is to assign which team members will research which pitfalls of LTS and put the information into our final document. This will be important as we enter the final stages of the quarter. Another thing we need to do is to really pick up our pace and perhaps have more frequent communications as we try to get more robust research and start putting the pieces together.
Some of us will start to cobble together a base dataset with all pertinent street and intersection information for our GIS map. Then, we will be able to add other features to our dataset and equip our map with interactive features.