We have reached the final phase of our project! This week we dove full-court-press into preparing our final presentation and more importantly, the design recommendations that constitute the bulk of our project. In order to do that, we spent a good deal of time coding and analyzing all the outreach material we have gathered thus far. In order to do this, we stuck adamantly to our timelines and deadlines and split up the work so that each person completed equally weighted tasks.
First, we sifted through all the interviews and surveys we have administered. We typed up all the SF Bicycle Coalition member interview notes as well as the Golden Gate Park interceptor surveys. This took a fair amount of time, especially transcribing the lengthy in-person interviews from their recorded form. We also inputted our online surveys into spreadsheets where the information is clearly accessible and legible. These processes helped us visualize the information so we could discern trends and patterns in our gathered information. Specifically, we were always harkening back to our major project questions: By what means and through which entrances do San Franciscans enter Golden Gate Park? How effective are these transit options and how can they be improved? We believe we discovered some key information from our outreach, which will be discussed below. We also transcribed the workshop materials from Lawton Middle School, where we had asked each student to design on a map their proposed improvements to the 34th and Lincoln intersection. To further our involvement with Lawton Middle School, we created an online survey for Mr. Streepy to distribute to his other 8th grade classes to whom we didn’t present. Although we’re running short on time, we hope this yields some additional information before our final presentation.
In terms of the actual design recommendations, we devised our preliminary list of design recs right on schedule for Week 9. We plan to have this list finalized by Sunday night so we can send it to Janice for approval. Our list consists of three major sections: “compulsory” recommendations which we feel are most important and efficient to improving the existing conditions, a menu of further recommendations which improve upon the baseline list, and a complete street road diet. Dividing our recs up into these three sections helped us compartmentalize all our ideas and streamline the many recommendations we’ve envisioned so far. We are currently creating visual and multimedia designs so that we can demonstrate these designs most effectively and engagingly during our presentation.
To that end, we have started to create the presentation itself so that we have plenty of time to practice it before Wednesday. We determined which member will present which section, and allocated a time slot to each part. We expect these time slots to be fairly rigid so we can include all the necessary information within the confines of the presentation. Looking forward to Wednesday, we have created a timeline for the work we will accomplish each day so that we stay focused and on track.
Interpretive & Applicative
We have decided to concentrate on three entrances along Lincoln Way, applying our design recommendations to 34th, 19th, and 7th Avenue and Lincoln. Meeting for several hours a day before our final presentation will allow us to fully develop our recommendations for the entrances and Lincoln Way itself. We will also tend to a range of recommendations for the entire boulevard and the Panhandle entrance recommendations for cyclists.
This week’s activities and group meetings have proven very valuable to us as a group. With the ability to capitalize on class time to bring in our project details, we were able to establish an order of presentation goals and the amount of time we plan on spending on each. We plan on spending 2-3minutes giving a summary and project description along with a timeline and introduction of Community partners. In this section we will introduce Janice, Mrs. Tang, The SF bicycle coalition, and walk SF. This Section will be presented by Eric
Laetitia will discuss our outreach techniques and involvement in the community in a 2-3 minute period as well, also doing the majority of the Sketchup designs and formatting of the powerpoint. These two sections will prove very valuable in both highlighting key quotes and interviews we were able to conduct throughout the project. The Sketchup designs will provide for a visual of our implementations and design ideas for each intersection. We learned through the numerous presentations by individuals like Chris Lepe, that visuals are more powerful in a PowerPoint than general statistics and wording.
Amy will be in charge of design recommendations, implementations, and overall guidelines of these design ideas. This portion of our presentation will take the most time and allow for the most detail. We agreed as a group on all three sections of the project and have a strong and structured plan as to how we will be presenting.
Something of concern we discussed was the possibility that our project could turn into the regurgitation of information from community partners and members of the community we have worked with. To prevent this we will be focusing on important quotes from these sources that will support our original ideas and newly formed ones without lacking interpretation of the information we have received.
The remainder of the time will go to thanks and what we learned about service learning and will be the portion of the project we present collaboratively. With very structured goals for each day, we will be able to put together a very concise presentation.