THE BICYCLE IN GIJÓN AND AT OUR SCHOOL Authors: Iván Martínez Vidal y Sergio Trabanco Temprana Teacher: Rafael Montero Braga School: Corazón de María (Gijón)
PROJECT OBJECTIVES • Conduct a study on the use of bicycles in our city center and encourage their use. • Conduct a study on the situation of bicycle lanes in Gijon and propose improvements to facilitate traffic and encourage the use of bicycles.
THE BICYCLE AT OUR SCHOOL • In this section, we explain how a survey on the level of acceptance of cycling was conducted among students. To do this, we used an online platform, "Survey Monkey", where our colleagues have left their answers. The results are shown next.
Graphic on the place of residence based on zip codes. • Based on the results we can say that the initiative to promote the use of bicycles would receive the support of a large number of students. • Obviously, much of the student body, more specifically the residents in the neighborhoods of: La Arena (33202) East Gijón (33204) and some of the downtown area (33206), see no need to use the bike to go to school. However all this mass of students fails to represent half of respondents so it is concluded that the initiative would be profitable.
Graphic on the level of acceptance and willingness to cycling. Do youpracticeany sport? Haveyougotbicycle? Do you use thebicycle? • Would you go to school by bicycle if within the school existed an enclosure where you could leave it? • Based on the obtained results one can draw the following conclusions: • Around 90% of surveyed students know cycling. • About 80% of students surveyed regularly practice sport. • Approximately 90% of surveyed students have bike. • About 40% would welcome the initiative and would come to the school regularly by bicycle.
Graphic on the use of public transport (bus) to attend classes and extracurricular activities per week. • It is remarkable in this graph that although more than half of students do not use public transportation to downtown issues by proximity to the center, about 40% use public transportation. Within this percentage included the extended mass of students traveling 5, 6, 14 and 15 times per week by bus. For all this 40% we believe that ours can be a really interesting initiative.
Proposed parking • The use of space within the school to accommodate bicycles is proposed. Currently, there exists an area with a couple of cars parked but there is still plenty enough space to enable an area to park bicycles. • It would be a very good contribution to the pupils without any inconvenience to the school, since the same teacher who opens doors daily could be responsible for opening and closing the garage.
THE BICYCLE IN GIJÓN • This part analyzes the situation of mobility in the city as well as the difficulties that potential cyclists could find when traveling through the urban area of Gijón.
ROAD MAP • As can be seen in the image, the more remote the area from the city center the longer cycle paths it has. However, it is clearly seen that the center lacks proper bike lanes, and that they are short and do not really have a good practicality.
Bicycle stands Highlights: • Encourage bicycle use and reduce the use of motor vehicles. • They must be located in places of great influx of people, where they can actually provide service to people who use their bike.
Plazuela San Miguel • Analyzing its location and the amount of parked bikes, it can be concluded that it lacks the necessary service for a city like Gijón. • In the picture the only bike parking in this plaza, for up to 3 or 4 bikes max, can be seen. Coincidentally, the day when the photos were taken, it had been a biker hangout, where many urban cyclists used this place as a meeting point.
Solution Place more bicycle stands in a particular area of the square, which has almost no use because people just pass through the area, it should be located in the marked area: • The Plazuelais known for its large number of banks. If some banks were removed in the marked park and bike parking were made available as shown in the image below, people would have room to walk, as well as more availability of places to stop the bike. In addition, this solution would be aesthetically correct as it fully respects the existing environment.
ParchisSquare • It has a fully central location, connected to the main streets of the city and just a few meters from the beach of San Lorenzo. • It has 8 parking bikes, with capacity for 16 bicycles. It might seem an adequate amount but considering the large number of people in this area in summer, it is scarce.
Solution • Include another row in the existing parking bike that fits without perfectly between the existing row and the lamplight. Thus, a large area of the sidewalk is not occupied by the new row, and we could get twice the bike park, meeting the potential needs that arise in summer.
San Lorenzo Beach • A great bike lane was constructed that runs from half of the promenade and is perfectly adapted to the use of bicycles given its large width. • However, there hasn’t been created a bicycle parking, thus not meeting a demand that grows exponentially in the summer months where handrails are used as places for parking bikes, although it is prohibited and police fines those responsible for it. San Lorenzo Promenadeiscurrently under construction by the strong tides that destroyed part of it two months ago.
Solution • Substitute an area in the promenade where there are benches, fountains and paper bins, a series of bicycle parkings that could fulfill its function properly without harming the existing services.
Usefulness of bicyclelanes • RufoRendueles Avenue: This is a very narrow lane in which in just two meters two opposite directions of movement are located. Along with the sill located in the driveway separation that makes this track a real danger to the rider. Constitution Avenue: This is one of the arteries of Gijón. However, it only has a bike path tracing ¼ of its total length. It would therefore be desirable to extend the rail signaling and copying the good condition of the existing one. Paseo de Poniente: its extensive rail is poorly signposted and shabby which occasionally causes the fall of the odd cyclist.
REFERENCES • https://jcvalda.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/administracion-por-objetivos.jpg • http://blog.lib.umn.edu/dier0123/myblog/surveymonkey.jpg • http://www.operacionesdecathlon.es/vias-urbanas/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/mapa-gijon.jpg