I thought I would take this chance to get a class opinion on my individual project topic: CAN BIKES SAVE THE PLANET? I have been interviewing bikers around campus, bike shop owners, and various biking program volunteers all week. Editing that footage today made me think about a valuable group of people I should have asked as well: YOU! So take a minute to answer some of these questions... you'll have an easy blog post this week and you'll be famous in my podcast!
Here are some of the questions I have been asking bike enthusiasts:
How long have you been riding? How many bikes do you own? Do you ride for pleasure or transportation? What are the pros and cons of biking?
How do you think most American's view biking? How about that of most people in the World? Why are these opinions different? How could we change these views?
What would you say to people that claim biking is poor man's transportation? A toy for kids? Impractical and unsafe? If you ever thought these things, what changed your mind?
What do you think of gas prices today? How about climate change? What makes you decide to drive your car over riding your bike?
What do you think of America's obesity problem? Why have kids stopped riding their bikes to school? How safe is your bike when you lock it up in public areas?
What is your view on urban sprawl? Do you think we are entering a natural reversal? Would you be happier living closer to where you work and shop?
Do you think increasing bike use could help answer any of these issues? How do we implement this increase - incentives? fines? programs? education? specific policy? other ideas?
Thank you for your time and consideration :)