Much of the work for this course will take place before the UCI World Championships begin, but some will be completed during (Sept. 19-27) and/or shortly after the race.
Students participating in the Bicycle Urbanism course will have to complete four separate but related activities:
1. Think about how you would answer the question, “what makes a city bicycle-friendly?” In other words, what are the obstacles that limit people’s ability to travel freely throughout a city on a bicycle, or to use a bicycle as a primary form of transportation within a city? More importantly, how can those obstacles be overcome? You can explore that latter question from any number of angles, including physical biking infrastructure (protected bike lanes, sharrows, etc.), bike access (i.e., bike parking or bike share programs), bike programs or events (such as ride-to-work days or “bike trains“), or even a broader bike culture or economy. Draw from your own experiences, if applicable, and your observations about bicycle access in Richmond and other cities you have known. Also, feel free to look through the optional readings on bicycle urbanism and bike-friendly cities, which will be posted to the course Blackboard site.
2. Document biking conditions in Richmond through TEN contributions to the Bicycle Urbanism Mapping Project.
3. Complete at least 10 short interviews during the UCI World Championships race, and enter the results into the Bicycle Urbanism Survey page. These survey results will give a sense of what Richmond residents and visitors think makes a city bicycle-friendly.
4. Reflect on your findings and observations from the first three tasks, and summarize them in the form of a post to the Bicycle Urbanism blog. Each post should be a 500-600 word answer to the question “What makes a city bicycle-friendly,” and should be accompanied by at least one picture, video, or other graphical element (drawing, map, etc). Your post can be a general answer to this question, or one that is specific to Richmond or another city that you know and care about. Finally, write at least three responses (50 word minimum each) to other students’ blog posts.