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  1. Campus Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) fall 2022

  2. Achievements in Transportation - Insider article


    The August 26, 2022 issue of Insider featured the "Achievements in Transportation". Read the article online at https://fs.web.illinois.edu/Insider/2022/08/26/achievements-in-transport... or see below.

    Achievements in Transportation



    Be it walking, bicycling, taking transit, or driving vehicles, getting around the campus is done more sustainably than ever.

    The F&S Transportation Demand Management (TDM) department creates, maintains, and coordinates the overall transportation network for all modes of travel. TDM implements campus and community policies and plans, like objectives in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP).

    “Safe and sensible transportation, in all its forms and complexities, is essential to a functioning campus,” said Stacey DeLorenzo, transportation systems manager.

    Read the full Transportation Demand Management Plan FY22 Achievement Report on the F&S website.

    Students walking to Quad on Centennial Plaza in spring between the Chemistry Annex and Noyes Laboratory.

    Key achievements include:

    Asset Management Plan

    • $1.25M was allocated for pavement maintenance and improvement projects, starting in FY22.
      • Pennsylvania Ave – Asphalt patching West of Maryland: $98,471.81
      • First and Peabody – Concrete patching: $47,866.28
      • College Ct westbound lane near PAR – Concrete patching: $42,055
      • Campus-wide – Spray injection: $25,000
      • Campus-wide – Crack sealing: $25,000
    • F&S TDM is responsible for the 2014 Campus Bicycle Master Plan. The department installed the campus’ first bicycle shelter, removed abandoned bicycle paths, and enhanced bicycle facilities.
    • Installed bicycle and pedestrian counters by Eco-Counters at 4 campus locations, with more planned soon. Learn more at Pedestrian and Bicycle Counts.

    Programming

    TDM educates and encourages students, faculty, and staff to use active modes of transportation. TDM evaluates and plans campus infrastructure to create a safe environment.

    The Bike at Illinois website features information on bicycle education and facilities, bike sharing, registration, safety, and more. The F&S website includes information on walking, MTD buses, accessibility, and car-share options.

    Collaborations

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is home to some of the world’s brightest researchers and students. The phrase “an active partner in research, teaching, and learning” added to the F&S mission, to academic collaborations. Working with researchers is an essential component to the future of F&S, and a major theme emphasized in the F&S Strategic Plan. F&S collaborates with students and researchers to envision the campus as a living lab and implement research to see the impact with real-world application.

    All INSIDER stories on F&S academic collaborations, visit https://go.fs.illinois.edu/Academic.

    Can pavement construction use food waste?
    Dr. Lance Schideman (ISTC), Dr. Yuanhui Zhang (ABE), and Dr. Ramez Hajj (CEE) use bio-oil produced from food waste as a rejuvenator for asphalt. F&S is collaborating with these researchers to implement this technology on campus pavement in the near future.

    Do students collaborate with F&S?
    The TDM department collaborated with more than 25 students in the last year to help with class projects, research, or interests in transportation systems on campus.

    Walkability Audit
    F&S conducted a thorough walkability audit. Nearly 75 volunteers collected data for the following surveys: a) Walkability Audit survey, which focused on the general walkability of the campus (macro level), and b) Deficiency Reporting survey, which focused on identifying specific faults on campus (micro level analysis). Sutapa Banerjee, a master’s student in urban planning, analyzed the walkability audit survey to determine the “walk index” of 76.2 for the campus. The deficiency reporting survey data and ADA transition plan supplement will improve accessibility on-campus.

    Those involved: Sutapa Banerjee (MUP-2 student), Dr. Lindsay Braun and Dr. Bumsoo Lee (Department of Urban and Regional Planning), Mylinda Netherton (Disability Resources Educational Services), Allison Kushner (Office of Access & Equity), Ryan Welch (F&S Grounds), Brent Lewis (F&S Capital Programs), and Chad Kupferschmid and Justin Pinnell (F&S Facilities Information Resources).

  3. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 10

    Associated Project(s): 

    On Thursday 28th April, 2022, Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss the results of Phase 2 data collection of the Walkability audit.

    The highest and lowest scoring map blocks have been updated as well as the individual category scores according to the new data received by the volunteers.

    Please see attached spreadsheet.

     

    Results:

    • Highest scoring map blocks: 1,7, 9, 12, 13
    • Lowest scoring map blocks: 19, 23, 24
    • Overall Walkability Index of campus: 76.2/100

    The final results and recommendations will be presented by Sutapa on 3rd May, 2022.

     

  4. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 8,9

    Associated Project(s): 

    On April 14 and 21, 2022, Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss the progress of the Walkability audit.

    Tasks decided:

    1. Data analysis will begin on 22nd April for the rest of the data points collected during Phase 2 of the audit.

    2. Campus high priority zones will be weighted higher than low priority zones. This will impact the overall walkability Index of the campus.

    3. Deficiency categories with highest number of recorded points identified are: Sidewalk Maintenance, Crosswalk Maintenance and Accessibility. Create a list of recommendations to improve them.

    4. Presentation of overall results to Transportation department by Sutapa on May 3rd, 2022, Capstone Poster presentation on May 5th 2022.

     

     

  5. Campus Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC) spring 2022

    Please see attached the final presentation for the CTAC spring 2022. We also talked about abandoned bicycles and Campus Landscape Master Plan during this meeting. Also watch the meeting recording and read the chat from during the meeting: https://uofi.box.com/s/lv1xbqlcevdp6f2dfmiep2fpx3cq2zde

  6. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 7

    Associated Project(s): 

    On March 17 2022,

    Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss updates on the FY 22 Walkability Audit Project.

    Below are the completed tasks:

    • 196 records of the General walkability audit survey with corresponding finalized scores ( see excel spreadsheet). See map for visual representation of average weighted scores.
    • Color coded 820 deficiency reporting survey points overlayed on Division of Responsibility map and 29 map block divisions of campus.
    • Making a list of incomplete map blocks for general and deficiency reporting survey.

    Next steps;

    • Writing the Walkability audit draft report for info collected till date.
    • Assigning incomplete map-blocks to volunteers.
    • Sending out invites for virtual and in-person training sessions for next week: 21st March - 25th March.
    • Finalizing H, M and L priority questions 
  7. Transportation iCAP Team February Meeting

    The Transportation iCAP team met on Thursday, 2/25/2022 at 4:00 P.M. and discussed the following topics:

    • Scoring for the upcoming walkability audit
    • Questions for an upcoming mode choice survey

    Further details are in attached documents.

  8. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 5,6

    Associated Project(s): 

    On Feb 17 and 24, Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss the scoring system of the General Walkability audit. 

    We prepared a comparative list of 2 scoring systems (0-5 scale scores and negative to 5 scale scores). The Transportation dept. group meeting on 24th February has an agenda to finalise our scoring system after discussion.

    We have also prepared a spreadsheet with all the results of the survey and formatted it in a way that has questions on each row and one survey per column of the audit. Instead of prioritizing our larger categories of parameters, we decided to assign priorities to each question as High, Medium and Low with weights of x3, x2 and x1 respectively.

    Map blocks 9, 10, 14, 22, 23 and 27 have no records yet. Part 2 of Data collection for the same will start in the last week of March when the weather gets pleasant to walk around. A call for volunteers has been made in the SPO meeting on February 23rd, 2022.

    Results of Transportation group meeting on 24th February:

    1. Scoring system was discussed and finalized

    • Questions are categorized into High, Medium and Low categories. A few questions are marked as Bonus questions with Low priority.
    • 0-5 scoring scale was chosen to represent the options. Negative points were discontinued.
    • Total addition of weighted scores at this stage was 65 points.

    2. Mass email to be sent out again to MUP students as a 'Call for Volunteers' next week.

    3. Chad and Justin to colour code the categories of the Deficiency reporting surveys in the coming weeks.

     

     

  9. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 3 & 4

    Associated Project(s): 

    On Feb 3rd and Feb 10th, Sarthak and Sutapa met to transport data from ArcGIS Survey 123 app to an excel spreadsheet. (attached)

    General Walkability study spreadsheet:

    1. Data was cleaned and transposed. Each question is located on a separate row. Each column accounts for 1 survey taken by a volunteer of the study.

    2. A separate sheet was designated for assigning each question with scores on a scale of 1-5.

    3. Using the function index and match, formulas were introduced for each survey answer in the database.

    A group meeting is scheduled in the end of February to finalize the scoring system of the map- blocks. The next step is to calculate averages for each map block and assign an average score out of 5 for each parameter.

     

    Incomplete survey: The Map blocks 9, 10, 14, 22, 23 and 27 have no records yet. When the weather conditions improve in March 2022, another round of data collection is scheduled to be undertaken by volunteers. Details regarding their training sessions will be shared soon.

     

     

  10. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 2

    Associated Project(s): 

    On 27th Jan, 2022, Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss the scores of the general Walkability Questionnaire. The draft of the same was sent to all members involved in the audit. They will get back with suggestions/ corrections by the end of February when there will be another group meeting to finalize the scores.

    We also prepared an excel spreadsheet with each question and scores next to it for analyzing the data- attached.

     

    Attached files:

    1. [DRAFT] Updated scoring system- editable document

    2. [DRAFT] Scoring system and priority map

    3. Spreadsheet of General Walkability Questionnaire

  11. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 2

    Associated Project(s): 

    On 27th Jan, 2022, Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss the scores of the general Walkability Questionnaire. The draft of the same was sent to all members involved in the audit. They will get back with suggestions/ corrections by the end of February when there will be another group meeting to finalize the scores.

    We also prepared an excel spreadsheet with each question and scores next to it for analyzing the data- attached.

     

    Attached files:

    1. [DRAFT] Updated scoring system- editable document

    2. [DRAFT] Scoring system and priority map

    3. Spreadsheet of General Walkability Questionnaire

  12. Walkability audit: Spring 2022, Meeting 1

    Associated Project(s): 

    On 20th Jan, 2022, Sarthak and Sutapa met to discuss the plan for the Walkability audit for Spring 2022. A list of goals/ objectives were finalized with timelines attached to them. 

    During the meeting, the priorities of the 7 walk criterions were reconsidered and updated. 'Safety' was put into a 'high priority' category and 'Pedestrian and Vehicular conflicts' was put into the 'low priority' category. The scores of each question of the 'General Walkability survey' were reassesed and finalized. The updated pdf with both these aspects are attached below.

     

     

  13. CTAC fall 2021: Charge Letter, Presentation file, Meeting recording

    Please see attached the presentation for the CTAC meeting in Fall 2021. This meeting was held on December 3, 2021. Here is the link to see the recording of this meeting: https://uofi.box.com/s/ezoxpyo8xp2bysocygvj4hnh7cnm9xi3

  14. Walkability audit: Group meeting

    Associated Project(s): 

    On 16th November, 2021, all the members involved in the Walkability audit met to discuss the progress of the audit. The process of data collection is currently underway. The results collected so far using the ArcGIS 123 survey app was shown during the meeting. The analysis of the data collected will be done in Spring 2022.

    A graphic sweatshirt was designed as an incentive for volunteers for contributing to the audit. The design elements of the merchandise were discussed during the meeting. Several aspects of the design are specific to the walkability audit. In order to purchase 50 sweatshirts an SSC (Student Sustainability committee) grant application is being written for a $2000 funding request. The graphic sweatshirt will have the name of the audit, logo of UIUC and a relevant graphic of walking infrastructure of the campus.

    (Image of sweatshirt design is enclosed in the attached files)

  15. Walkability Audit: Training sessions

    Associated Project(s): 

    From Nov 1- Nov 6, 2021, Sarthak and Sutapa have been conducting training sessions (Virtual and In-person) for the Walkability Audit project. A total of 31 volunteers have been divided into 9 teams of 3 (or 4) volunteers each and have been assigned map blocks and unique id's to perform the survey. Detailed maps of the assigned blocks showing the sidewalks, buildings, building entrances and other key areas has been sent to each team member. 

    The Virtual training sessions are designed get a walkthrough of the Training Manual in order to get the volunteers familiar with the questions of the survey and key concepts that they might come across while performing the audit. It also introduces how to Download, log into and use the ArcGIS survey 123 app. Any questions or queries the volunteers had regarding the surveys were solved during these virtual sessions.

    The In-person data collection training sessions were designed for the volunteers to get familiar with the ArcGIS survey 123 app and to correctly input their observations for both the surveys. Volunteers were asked to move around map blocks of the Illini union or the F&S building (1501 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL) to collect test data and sample deficiencies were identified during the test walk. The deadline for the volunteers to complete the data collection is 20th Nov 2021.

     

    Timeslot(s) for the Virtual Training Sessions:


    Nov 1, Mon 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


    Nov 1, Mon 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


    Nov 2, Tue 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


    Nov 2, Tue 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


    Nov 3, Wed 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


    Nov 3, Wed 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Nov 4, Thu 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Nov 5, Fri 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Nov 5, Fri 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Nov 6, Sat 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

     

    Timeslot(s) for the In-Person Training Sessions:


    Nov 2, Tue 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Illini Union


    Nov 3, Wed 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at F&S (1501 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL)


    Nov 4, Thu 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at F&S (1501 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL)

    Nov 4, Thu 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Illini Union

    Nov 5, Fri 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at F&S (1501 S. Oak St., Champaign, IL)

    Nov 5, Fri 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Illini Union

    Nov 6, Fri 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Illini Union

  16. October Transportation iCAP Team Meeting

    The Transportation iCAP team met on Friday, October 29th for its monthly meeting. The team discussed the plans for the proposed Commuter Program, the Walkability Audit, and the Campus Transportation Advisory Committee. Additionally, steps will be taken to pick up the Fleet Replacement Recommendation and the EV Task Force Member Recommendation.

    Meeting Recording

     

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