I think Devyn, Sierra, and Uriel did a great job on their “Shared Path Users” slide show. They incorporated many pictures into each slide, which I feel kept the audience very engaged in what they were talking about. I thought it was cool how for each category of path user, you used a funny drawing or google image to represent them. It was very memorable and it helped make the information stick much easier. Your personal pictures were also of the highest quality. They depicted your research very well and showed off your personalities! Finally, your final slide was definitely my favorite. I liked you unicorn helmet and bikes which were used to show how many of each category you saw in the panhandle.
I actually found the readings and video really interesting! I always knew that I personally found it easier to recall data when it was presented as a picture, but I didn’t realize that those in professional fields felt the same. I was surprised when Krista Schnell said that people spend hours trying to make their data more viewer friendly through multiple softwares. She stated that “They would most
commonly be used for one-time publication-worthy data visualizations. While they are more aesthetically pleasing, they take much more time, effort, and knowledge to create”. Its interesting how people will go the extra mile just to get their point (or data) across to others. Although pictures and illustrations are helpful, the Hans Rosling TED talk made me think that they may not always be necessary to get a point across. He had used several graphs that lacked illustrative luster, but his ideas were still intriguing. He was able to do this just by speaking with passion and keeping the audience excited with jokes, movements, and stories. Yes, his graph about child mortality moved to represent the year they were showing, but I think his tone helped the audience engage with the presentation more. Finally, I thought the statements from How to Lie with Statistics was pretty on point. The illustrations were quite compelling and I found myself looking at them from time to time while reading. It helps draw the readers attention and makes the data more eye-catching.
I was really impressed with all the presentations we did on September 19th! Everyone had really interesting data and picture evidence. Although we did not get to see the bison, I thought it was really cool to ride on a bike trail that was over 100 years old. I’d never seen this side of San Francisco and I thought it was really beautiful. Devyn and I were actually talking about possibly getting everyone together for a picnic in that area! Hopefully we can make it happen. In the beginning of our ride, I thought about our project and began observing as to how many people were wearing helmets while riding a bike. I began to loose track after about 10 minutes, but I only saw two people riding without.
Like Jordan, I don’t understand why people want a new bike lane made when the panhandle works as a perfectly good lane. Yes, the panhandle’s primary use is for leisure bike riding, but people should not be restricted from using it as a lane as well. I find it strange that people would fight so hard to have other bike lanes built next to the panhandle for it could ultimately cause more traffic. It could potentially be more unsafe for bikers to ride on this path than to ride on the panhandle and it could cause more traffic. I also do not think adding another lane will stop bikers from utilizing the panhandle. It is a public lane that has no effective way of stopping people from riding through. I also feel this topic could cause conflict for bikers and that they will no be afraid to fight for their right to use the panhandle as a lane