A multi faceted issue that most University attendants will have whether they are fresh out of high school, experienced students, or practiced faculty is transport. Namingly the excess, cost and availability of parking, and environmental impact
In most recent years the university grounds have been a warzone of space and opportuneness. Calculating ones trip now requires a degree in city planning and mid-traffic merging (not offered at UOW Autumn 2018) in order to navigate the highly congested streets and highways surrounding the campus.
Local RMS workers have been forced to direct traffic out and then back into the property via uncommon routes in order to subdue the overcrowding, and yet traffic still overflows from motorway off ramps onto already highly populated thoroughfares
This issue is dangerous, affecting stressed students and staff attempting to enter the campus as well as higher risk to pedestrians. Solutions seem simple such as new parking lots however effective are costly and management of traffic as many have noticed can only do so much. Most attendants whether they are driving, carpooling or taking public transport are all effected by these issues as well as the surrounding environment from increase carbon emission in highly concentrated areas.
The smaller question I wish to answer through my research will be whether a carpooling app will be effective in reducing high congestion and pollution and whether will students use it
In order to study how widespread the issue is I will need to conduct surveys as well as researching the impacts of similar matters. I intend to research areas that have been affected by congestion of traffic in a more widespread concern; high traffic areas in main cities that have documented affects
This research paper discusses the issues brought on high traffic areas often with higher severity in ‘major employment nodes’ such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The article highlights the congestion on particular days and times as well as the correlating pollution effects
Problems in the urban environment: traffic congestion and its effects
As a supporting source I will gain data from research conducted at the location via the UOW transport surveys.
These surveys document the volume of traffic for a 2-week period at the beginning of semester. The survey took note of cars entering through certain areas as well as the number of passengers. This information could highlight what car parks are most popular and at what times, as well as the choice of carpooling.
The surveys aimed to use the data acquired to assess the increase in traffic around the university compared to previous years, in turn promoting solutions.
In previous years the survey was conducted by students employed by the university, which allowed communication between student and faculty in an area that affected both. As well as promoting sustainable thinking as the survey process was made visible to observers.
I was part of the survey team in 2013 and 2014, I found the regular surveys of the university to be effective in documenting the congestion allowing the information to be used later to better adapt the university to the increasing use of the area.
In 2015 and onwards an external company was used to conduct the survey by using information from previous and comparing the data to more recent years I hope to document the increase of traffic
With conjunction with surveys from students I hope to show both a quantitative and qualitative measure of the issue highlighting how the issue ha become so great that attendants have noticed a huge increase
The survey summary attached highlights how the carpool (3 or more) and ride sharing (driver and passenger) have continued to increase with each transport survey, even more so after the introduction of the carpooling car park in 2013
University of Wollongong ; Transport Survey 2015 – Survey and Strategy Summary
And finally I will survey student affected by the matter first hand and how hey feel the issue is being resolved
By procuring first hand accounts of the affects of traffic on student stress I hope to find test if certain solution seem promising to students. The qualitative information should show well-rounded research development and hopefully show a clear line to a resolution.
I hope to come up with a solution in order to narrow down the participant and findings. Once obtain I shall organise the data into a more digestible format
I will gain information from student acquired more easily and effectively using technology See; MILLENNIALS: TECHNOLOGY = SOCIAL CONNECTION
By surveying students via social media platforms I intent to communicate with my potential participants through a medium they prefer.The study discusses how Gen Z are choosing social media platforms of physical communication which is also constantly available to them
The study discusses how even in the most private scenarios like using the toilet, users don’t restrict their access due to bodily functions. They will continue to use their devices regardless of being in a private or public bathroom, an act that would seem so unusual for generation prior. This only proves that the best method of discussing and documenting the thoughts of people affected by the issue of transport of university is to communicate with them through means of their preference