BCM 212

About myself

My name is Adrian and I am from Hong Kong. This year will be my fourth year to study in Wollongong (I came here to study Year 10). I am very lucky to came back two weeks before Australia go lockdown last year. l am a second year student and studying in Bachelor of Communication and Media, major in Global Screen Media. One thing I thought uni would be like before I apply to uni is I will enjoy wearing whatever I like to lectors and tutorials instead of uniform hahah, I hate uniform. I asked one of my friend who didn’t go to university, and the first thing came to his mind was lots of assignments and project which I think its so true hahaha.

Pitch

Recently, Wollongong has been declared as the first Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Bike City in the Southern Hemispheres. Because of that, the government started to plan more bike path around Wollongong area to promote cycling. For example, the local government done some changes in Smith Street in Wollongong, they get rid of street parking and replacing them with bike path. 

In my opinion, I think it is a really good opportunity for the government and Wollongong council to know what are the thoughts of drivers and cyclist about the changes, and also how they can expend more bike facilities around Wollongong CBD to increase bike mobility, it can also ensure the safety as a cyclist because there are many accidents about cars driving too close and crash with cyclist. I saw lots of cyclist riding on the road around Wollongong CBD and slowing down the traffic because the roads are too narrow for buses and cars to go pass while keeping the 1 metre distance as that’s the rule that all driver applied. 

I set a few questions for students to answer and my questions are: 

  1. Changes in Smith Street (getting rid of street parking and replacing them bike paths), is this good or bad?
  2. Are you a driver or cyclist?
  3. Do you ride to uni or drive?
  4. Does the city of Wollongong have enough cycling facilities to maintain this title? 
  5. Should the council build more bike facilities around the Wollongong CBD to increase bike mobility?
  6. Will you start riding if Wollongong has more bike paths and facilities?
  7. How’d you feel when you ride around Wollongong?

For the first question, there were 6 people voted and 83% of people said the changes are bad and 17% said the changes are good. There were 10 people voted for both question 2 and 3 and all of them said they are a driver and drive to uni. In question 4, there were 5 people voted and all of them said the council should build more bike facilities around the Wollongong CBD to increase bike mobility. For question 5, 6 people voted and 83% of voter said Wollongong doesn’t have enough cycling facilities to maintain the title, on the other side, there are 17% voter said Wollongong does have enough cycling facilities. In question 6, there were 13 people voted and 38% of people said they will start riding if Wollongong has more bike path and facilities, but 62% of voter said they won’t. for the last question, there were 4 people voted and 75% of voter said they feel scary but alright when they ride around Wollongong, there were also 25% of voters feel safe.

Based on the result from the polls, I think the government and Wollongong council should do more to promote cycling to the residents. Therefore, I will do more research on different way, for example find out some “bike-friendly” cities and compare them with Wollongong so I can find out how they promote cycling to their residents and what Wollongong council can do better. I can also ask more questions for example how often do people ride in a week or a month and using the new bike path, so we can get the usage amount who used the new bike path and new facilities. 

Portfolio: Self-reflection

On 17/5/21, a 21-question survey of multiple choice and short answer questions, regarding ‘using bicycles for healthful recreation and transport’ was distributed to ‘BCM212 Research and Practice’ students. 

I test-piloted this questionnaire and incorporated feedback, rewriting any ambiguous questions and making others more purpose-specific. 

The questionnaire took 7 minutes, yet only a small sample size of 12 attempted the survey.

Question 2 dealt with respondents’ age range; one being ‘20-14’. The test-pilot discovered this error, but I forgot to change it. (No-one selected 20-14, as the 20-24 option was also there. However, this could have caused confusion and makes the questionnaire look unprofessional.) I need to incorporate all corrections in future. 

In Question 6, a short answer question asking respondents to describe where they usually cycle, and in Question 8, also short answer, asking respondents if cycling can reduce climate change and why, I should have included multiple choice options instead of requesting short answers. When I analysed the data, I had to sift through the answers and gather the responses into a statistical breakdown based on their commonality. It took much longer to collate this information for analysis. 

In Question 10, respondents were asked how they usually travel to UOW campus. ‘Train’ was not included but should have been. (This was not detected in the test-piloting.) There is a train station near UOW, and this provides transport for some students living in the outer-suburbs and in Kiama, Nowra, and Sydney. The omission of this option could have implications for the information gathered on sustainable transport and carbon emissions. 

In Question 17, respondents were asked if Wollongong City Council (WCC) should start a media campaign to encourage community cycling. WCC does have a media campaign for the new cycling path in Smith Street Wollongong and is encouraging the community to cycle this bike path. I am a frequent cyclist around Wollongong and was not aware of WCC’s campaign. I should have thoroughly checked their website instead of relying on my own (mis)information. The question should have thus read, ‘increase their bicycle campaign’.  

Question 21, on a public bicycle-sharing program, was sent out to all respondents on 27/5/21, 10 days after the original survey. This was an important question regarding reducing the impact of climate change. During this time, I had read about bicycle-sharing programs in Europe. The lesson learned here is, begin your secondary research earlier. Overall better planning, i.e., taking more time in gathering and reading secondary sources and in writing the questions will produce an improved, more specific questionnaire which translates into more easily tabulated results and a better analysis. 

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