1. Bicycling in Barcelona (Alex Laughton, Morgan Rittweger, ...)
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- 1.1. What
- 1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
- 1.3. How
- 1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
- 1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
- 1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
- 1.3.4. Incentives
- 1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
- 1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
- 1.3.7. Who will do what
- 1.3.8. Comparison to similar actions form previous semesters
- 1.3.9. Document format
- 1.3.10. Copyright license of your report
- 1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
- 1.5. References & Links
- 1.6. Annexes
- 1.7. Students involved in this action
Bicycling in Barcelona
1.1.1. Similar actions form previous semesters
There are three action pages that involve bicycling as a more sustainable method of transportation. The first page (Bike Loans) talks about how they would attempt to obtain bikes for use by IES students. The second page (The New and Improved EcoEuro) talks about the concept of the EcoEuro and how it could be used as a form of currency. This money could then be used to pay for a variety of activities, such as renting bicycles. The third page (Sustainable Biking for IES) talks specifically about purchasing three bikes and how to obtain more in the future.
1.1.2. SWOT Analysis
• IES Students will be able to ride bikes
• Another great form of exercise
• Less reliability on public transportation
• Lack of awareness by students of current bikes which are
available for use
• IES discourages taking bikes up stairs more than
once a week
• Paying for damaged or stolen bikes
• More sustainable than public transportation
• See Barcelona in a different way
• Those who already enjoy biking can do
it in a new city and culture
• Weekend outings with friends means you probably
will have to pay for the metro often
• If there is no place to store bike overnight it will
probably be stolen
• Bad weather
1.1.3. Feedback loops
>Bikes + € IES + Bike funds + Repairs/replaces bikes as needed + Bikes
• The bike program in IES will require students to pay a set fee per student that will allow them to use the bikes. This will increase the amount of money given to IES. This money will then in turn increase the amount of money available to pay for bike helmets, locks, repairs, etc. These funds are used to repair bikes and replace them if they are stolen. A system that can keep repairing and replacing bikes when something goes wrong will encourage the bike program at IES to continue happening.
>Bikes – People using public transportation – Time buses wait at stops – Traffic jams on roads – Overall pollution + Bikes
• The bike program at IES will lower the amount of people that are using public transportation. Less people using public transportation means less time the bus doors spend open (while they wait for people to pay with their tickets), which means that the buses will move faster overall. Less buses waiting will reduce the overall traffic jams on the roads. Less traffic means less waiting at traffic lights which means less pollution overall. This lowering of traffic and pollution will encourage IES to continue using the bike program.
• The best advertising method for this project would be to make colorful posters and put those up where it is allowed in IES. This poster will advertise in bold letters how by using this bike program you can see Barcelona in a cool and cultural way. In smaller writing we can include the price and other necessary details that are pertinent to participating in the bike program.
1.2. Why this action makes things more sustainable?
1.2.1. Potential Benefits
• Less traffic on the roads
• Lowers Co2 emissions
• A great form of exercise
• Bicycle composed of reused parts
• Posters made of recyclable material. After use they
will be shredded and used as compost
1.2.2. Potential Costs
• The cost per student to rent the bicycles per weekend would be € 10. IES would pay for the initial cost of the locks and helmets
• One risk is injury while riding the bicycle. A waiver would need to be signed before hand telling the rider that they are riding at their own risk
• Another risk would be that the bike could break, be damaged or stolen. The idea here is that the funds accumulated from previous riders would pay for these costs. Any repairs or work that would need to be done to the bikes can be done at Green Bikes Barcelona.
IES has agreed that this program is great for students. Currently there are five bikes in the terrace on the first floor. We have created advertisments that will be put up every semester so the students become more aware of this program. We will have IES send out an email about the program as well as put it in the agenda under activities that IES students can participate in.
1.3.1. "Cradle to Cradle" design
Since these bicycles are created from used parts this is one way that the "Cradle to Cradle" design is carried out. Old bikes that no longer work because of a few broken parts can still be recycled. Extra parts that are still usable will be donated to Can Masdeu, a local squatted social center that works to live sustainably with zero carbon footprint. All the advertisements used will be made out of recyclable material and will not be thrown out every semester but instead put up again or shredded and used for compost. The shredder is located in the administrative office on the third floor.
1.3.2. Questions for the unified survey
1. In America, how often do you use a bike?
a. everyday b. sometimes c. never
2. Are you aware that IES rents bikes to students?
a. yes b. no
3. If you were to rent a bike from IES would you rather rent one for a whole
semester or for a shorter period of time such as a weekend?
a. long-term b. short-term
1.3.3. Analysis of the results in the survey
Results are not in from the survey yet.
Some incentives include having the ability to bike around Barcelona while exercising. Many people use bikes back in the United States to get to school, to work or to just have fun. This is an opportunity for people to not only bike, but also to experience a different country, culture and place. The incentives for IES are that they are receiving a profit from the cost of renting the bikes while becoming a more sustainable organization.
1.3.5. Relationship with the "Sustainability Club" (SC)
The Sustainability Club is not active at this point in time because there are no students participating in it. If there was an active Sustainablity Club they would be responsible for making sure that the students know about the program.
1.3.6. How will this action be sustained when you are not here?
The main idea is to make the IES students aware of the program. We know a lot of people at IES currently that would take advantage of this program if it was made aware to them. We created an advertisement that would be put up throughout the building by Ferran Terés similar to how there are signs for the running club, cooking workshops, and other sustainable activities.
1.3.7. Who will do what
Ferran Terés will put up an advertisement of the program as soon as the incoming students arrive. This will allow the students to start using the bikes as soon as possible. He also is responsible for collecting money from the students and recording their names to make sure they bring back the bikes after they have used them for a weekend.
1.3.8. Comparison to similar actions form previous semesters
This action page gave a clear list of benefits to the environment that can be achieved by choosing to ride bicycles. Their plan however seems unfinished. They also appeared to have a problem with their bike company as they mentioned that contact with this company was difficult. Their goal of this project seemed more about attaining the bikes rather than implementing the system through which IES students could use them. They more or less laid out ideas for a plan but took no tangible steps toward achieving it. Their plan was not very helpful and didn’t cause us to alter ours in any way.
Klugman, Andrew, and Eloise Smith. Bike Loans. Print.
The New and Improved EcoEuro
This plan in short asks students to act in more sustainable ways, with their reward for this meaning they receive “Eco-euros”. These can then be used for a variety of different activities such as field trips or bike tours. Renting bikes is mentioned as a reward that not only provides students with a new way to see the city, but is sustainable and offers exercise to the participant.
Tubridy, Sean. The New and Improved EcoEuro. Print.
Sustainable Biking for IES
The goal of this project was to purchase 3 bicycles and have IES students collect more bikes in the future. Only three students would, under their plan, have access to the bikes over the course of the semester. The cost is € 50 and they mentioned that each student would need to obtain their own helmet and bike lock. The bikes they picked out were from Green Bikes and were refurbished used bikes.
Fischer, Betsy, and Witschi, Emma. Sustainable Biking for IES. Print
1.3.9. Document format
If you produced some documents to support your action, did you choose some document format which can be edited with multiplatform FLOSS tools without loosing the layout? [Multiplatform = at least, the main three O.S.: GNU/Linux, Mac OSX & MS Windows]. For instance, for word documents, .odt or similar (odf) is better choice than MS Word .doc/.docx documents, since odt/odf are standards format for office documents recognized internationally by the ISO (ISO/IEC 26300:2006), and editable by OpenOffice, among others (or MS Office with a Plugin). Or for images: .svg for vectorial graphics (editable by Inkscape), or .xcf for bitmaps (editable by GIMP), etc.
1.3.10. Copyright license of your report
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License</a>.
1.4. Time-sheet / Chronogram
April: Buy locks and helmets before going back to the U.S.
August: Ferran Terés puts up the advertisements before students get to IES
August-December: Students rent bikes and can pay € 10 for every weekend used. Ferran Terés collects the money and uses it for fixing bikes if they are broken.
1.5. References & Links
This is the equivalent to the "Bibliography" section of a paper, so you are expected to refer to your sources of information here, and not just to provide links for other sources of information that the reader might visit besides the information provided in your report. Books, Websites, Companies offering products, ... including action described by students in previous semesters in their Final paper documents. See links in the Home page
Annexes come here (if any): pictures, copies of emails sent, produced documents, marketing material, links to equivalent pages at the Sustainability Club (http://iesgogreen.seeds4c.org), etc.
1.7. Students involved in this action
Alex Laughton, Morgan Rittweger
Equally worked on the program.