These presentation were some of my favorite so far. I think they were so cool because we were able to see what communities everyone in the class belongs to or hope to belong to. I thought it was really cool to hear about remi and qiqis communities back home because they are from whole other countries. I also enjoyed theirs because they explained biking in there country versus biking here. I loved hearing the history of biking in other countries. I also really enjoyed aaron’s presentation about his community because you could tell he was so enthusiastic and really loved it even though it was his job. That made me want to find a job that i loved as much as he loves salt and straw. These were just a few examples of all of the amazing presentations that were given!
In this presentation tried really hard to connect this project with a lot of things that I could to help people understand what i was talking about. I connected it with the video we watched about market street and the plans to extend the bike ways and not lt commercial vehicles drive there any more. I also connected it with class discussions with professor hunt about bike theft and ways we can try to prevent it. The last source that i used in my presentation was the video done on the rules of the road. I think that i used pretty good sources and it made it easier for people to try and connect with my presentation about my hometown even though they had never been there!
Class this week was on Halloween which I think added a little but of fun to our class. I know that not many people wore costumes but those who did looked so great! this class was also really good to help prepare for our presentations next week. We got into talking about our communities in groups and in pairs. This is how I got my idea for presentation 3 about my home community of Livermore. I also got to talk to Remi about her community in Australia and we compared and contrasted norms of our communities!
For this presentation I will be talking about biking in my hometown Livermore. Livermore used to be a small town but over the years has grown pretty large. This is a map of Livermore and as you can see we have several parks and places that maybe be desirable to bike. However I never really see people riding so I went around and I asked why people don’t ride bikes anymore?
“My kids grew up”
“I got a car”
“someone took my bike”
“I ride the stationary bike at the gym”
“It’s scary because you have to ride in the street with cars”
This got me thinking a lot about several things we’ve been talking about in class. For the person who was scared to ride because they have to ride along with cars reminded me about biking on market street and there plan to extend the bike lanes and prevent cars from driving in the road there as well. Even the person who got there bike taken reminded me of all of the bike theft we have been talking about. It also made me try and think about ways the city can help prevent it. I think that the city of livermore along with other surrounding cities should work with the community to help make the residents feel safer and out riding their bikes more. While interviewing people there were two people who actually told me that they still do ride bikes and they both said that they ride them for exercise. I then asked where they rode and they both just said around their main neighborhood. One also added that this gets pretty boring at times so sometimes she will ride to a nearby park but that she has to be extra careful when doing so. This made me kinda upset. Should bikers not utilize our city parks because they are scared of drivers or should drivers just be more aware of bikers? I thought about the video rules of the road and i asked these people if we had good bicycle infrastructure in livermore they said:
“Yes we have a great park where you can ride” then i asked how they get to the park and they said they bike or drive their bikes there then bike the path and drive home. When i asked if they felt safe riding their bikes they said “yes on the sidewalk” when i informed them that that was illegal they were completely shocked. I then asked people what they did know about bike ways and laws and they all mostly said they stay in bike lanes or on the sidewalk. The did not know about the sharrows or that there are different classes of bikeways. This presentation i was going to teach you about my community from the residence perspective and in doing so i learned a lot about my community as well. I assume that this is the case in many other cities as well and i think there should be some sort of awareness in teaching people so that people all over the bay area feel safe to bike everywhere!
In my third presentation I will be talking about biking in my community.
My audience will be the whole class
introduction: I will be talking about Livermore and showing. map so that the class can get idea of what my city is like since everyone is from all over the country and even the world!
I will then talk about parts of in person interviews with question like why don’t you bike? do you know biking rules? and why do you enjoy biking?
Conclusion- I learned a lot from doing these interviews about my own community and I was invested to hear many of the answers I had received. I believe there should be some program to help inform people about biking to insure the safety of all communities!
In class this week we talked with Mark Miretsky from JUMP bikes. we had a very good discussion after being able to test out these bikes. I really enjoyed riding it around because it was so easy and you got to go so much faster with just a little push!Aside from the bike I think the most impactful thing that mark said was was about audiences and how he changes depending on who he’s talking to. I thought this was so important because then layer in class it really helped connect Duarte’s reading an give like a real life example. an idea that the both of them shared was that the connection to your audience is so important and that this changes as the closer you are to someone and also the larger the group gets. meaning you will have more to talk about with a friend or small l group because you can make connections much easier.
I think that as a group we all did fairly well on our presentations. Things that I think separated a few classmates away from others was having something with them. I think that having power points and visuals helped the audience not zone out as much. I also think that it was really cool that malia brought snacks because it really helped engage and interest the class. Also I liked how some people were really enthusiastic about the presentation and showed they really cared by going out and doing extra things to help prove the evidence they presented in the speech. Good job everyone!!!
Overall in my presentation I feel that I did alright. I don’t think that I did as good as I could have. I think that my presentation was fairly short and I know I write more down then I actually said. I think I was so nervous that I just talked way ti fast and skimmed over parts of my presentation. I am however, happy with how I used my sources and was able to connect my speech better then I did last time. I hope next time I can improve by slowing down and making sure that I actually say all of the information that I found.
This expedition that I went on was with a few other girls in the class and Proffesor hunt to the California bicycle summit. I thought this was a really cool experience. It started of by us driving all the way to Sacramento early in the morning. Once we got there we split up and went to different sessions. The one we went to was about bicycle way finding. this was very interesting because we got to hear from people who work in Oakland and other cities close to san Fransisco about the ways they are making their cities more inclusive for bike riders. After this meeting we wound up going to the next session where we had to give our own presentations to random people. The idea of this was very intimidating but who it actually happened it was easier then I had thought. We also met a lossy who was from the san Fransisco bike coalition and she told us way we could get internships there. I think over all this was a very successful day and I had a lot more fun then I had thought would going to a bicycle conference. 🙂
In class 8 we gave our module 2 presentations on evidence. We started in the library in the room with really cool chairs and then went up to lone mountain to finish the presentations. before we got to our class room we stopped by the classroom in lone mountain where you are able to build your own bike. It was really cool to see all of the mix match parts and that some people put them together to make there own bike! Once we got to the class we finished our presentations and ate snacks! Personally I would have liked to do better in my presentation but I will talk about that in my reflection post!!!