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Apr
5

Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS)

EQuity representative opportunity – wats technical committee

The Equity Representative is a voting member on the Technical Committee and is encouraged to apply their expertise in Technical Committee discussions and recommendations to the Policy Committee.

The Equity Representative is invited to:

  • Review proposed projects and policies, noting the impact on racial and socio-economic equity including

  • Discuss the impacts that proposed projects may have in a broader equity context, in particular, supporting connectivity (locally and regionally)

  • Introduce relevant equity initiatives, resources, concerns, etc. that may aid in Committee discussion/deliberation

To find out more about the role click here

To apply click here (applications due to WATS by March 20, 2020)

 *Please note that these are unpaid/volunteer positions.

Bikeshare modernization study

The objective of this project is to plan for the future of bikeshare in the Ann Arbor area transitioning from a pilot phase to a sustainable service program.

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

The Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is a 4-year financial program that describes the schedule for obligating federal funds to state and local projects.  The TIP contains funding information for all modes of transportation including highways, transit capital, and operating costs.  State, regional and local transportation agencies update the program each year to reflect priority projects in the LRP. The 2020-2023 TIP was developed in partnership with local transportation agencies, SEMCOG and MDOT. WATS Policy Committee will take action on the 2020-2023 TIP at their June 19, 2019 meeting. State and federal approval is anticipated in August 2019.  Click here to view the 2020-2023 TIP.  

2040 Long Range Plan

The Long Range Transportation Plan defines goals and objectives, and projects funding for transportation improvements in the County.  Click here to view projects in the 2040 LRP. 

Washtenaw County Unified Planning Work Program

WATS’ Draft FY 2019 Unified Planning Work Program is available for comment. The UWP guides WATS’ and TheRide’s federally funded planning efforts.  Click here for the UWP.

Source Article

Mar
30

Bicycle Materials Case Study

 

 

Bicycle Materials Case Study

                                   

 

Author:                                                Andrew
Cantrell

 

Project Advisor:                                 Professor
Tom Stoebe

 

Project Group Members:                  Firdaus
Khan

Ryan Oakes

Jeread Sines

 

Table of Contents:                             Summary

Bicycle Materials Case Study        

Application Requirements

Possible Materials

Physical
Principles

Material Selection

                                                            Conclusion & Future Prospects

                                                            Acknowledgements

                                                            References

                                   

Date Written:                                     June 12, 2003

 

Bicycle Materials Index:                    Back to Bicycle Materials main page

 

This
senior project is an educational case study on the material science of bicycle
wheels, frame, components and helmets.
The idea of this bicycle material
selection case study is to increase the knowledge of the reader of the case
study, as well as the author. We will involve physical aspects of materials
(structure, properties, etc.), by educational literature survey, discussions,
application analysis, and material selection. This core study will be done in a
general way by completing three informative tables. One table will present
material properties requirements for the selected materials commonly used for bicycle wheels, frame, components and helmet.
Table two will display these common possible materials to be used, in reference
to their application (i.e. alloy—frame, foam—helmet, etc). The third table will
select the best material for said bicycle application. The material selection
will be determined and focused on a cost effective standard touring road
bicycle (mid-level) built for the intermediate to advanced road cyclist. Our
overall key features will be weight and cost for this mid-level bicycle
application. The factor of cost in our discussion will only briefly be examined
due to additional manufacturing, design, and material processing costs. The
cyclist profile will be exercise minded road bicycle commuters. The correlative
material/application processes and materials selection will then be discussed
and displayed with conclusions and future prospects. All information presented
will be understandable for non- technical audiences.

 

Topic

Educational case study on
the material science used to in a present day bicycle wheels, frame, components
and helmet.

 

Goal

My goal for this term project is
improve my ability to investigate a materials science case study and
engineering problem by using my background in physical materials principles.

 

Objective

The objective of this bicycle
case study is to apply as well as increase my knowledge in applications of
material science, and to present that information to the reader of the case
study.

 

Approach

This Bicycle
case study will involve physical aspects of materials (structure, properties,
etc.), by educational literature survey, discussions, analysis, and preparation
of a report.

 

Methodology

The majority of the research
will be done by preexisting educational literature on material properties and
structures. This core study will be done in a general way by completing three
informative tables. One table will present material properties requirements for
the selected materials commonly used for bicycle
wheels, frame, components and helmet
. Table two will display these
common possible materials to be used, in reference to their application (i.e.
alloy—frame, foam—helmet, etc). The third table will show the best chose
material selection for said bicycle component application. This materials
selection will then be discussed and displayed and the correlative
material/application processes will

Mar
30

US Methods of Transportation | Study in the USA


transportation in the US

America is a large place, and getting around the country may seem like a challenge, especially for international
students. Whether you are living on or off campus, in a city or suburb, you are going to need to be able to get
around easily and efficiently. You will probably not want to buy a car just for your time in the States, so you’ll
want to learn about the many public transportation options available to you for getting around in your new country.

Depending on where you attend school, you may find a variety of public transportation systems. These options
include:

  • Bicycles
  • Buses
  • Taxies
  • Trains and Subways

Bicycles

A bicycle can be a great way to get around your campus and your local area. Whether your campus is based in the
middle of a city or in the suburbs, a bike is relatively inexpensive, and it’s a good way to get some exercise.
Whenever riding your bike, always take care to observe the law of the road, and always wear a helmet. It is now a
law in some states that helmets must be worn. As with any personal property, take care to lock your bike up when you
are not using it. Most college campuses provide a bike rack for that purpose outside of many buildings on campus. A
good lock does not usually cost very much, and it’s a small price to pay for the security of your bike.

Buses

If you are living in a city, the bus system will likely be pretty extensive, as with most of the public
transportation systems in large urban areas. However, if you live in the suburbs, buses will not run as often and
you may have to find alternative methods to get around. On longer routes, Greyhound runs an extensive bus system
across the USA which is an inexpensive way to travel, but it can take a long time to get from one place to another.
Most city bus systems now offer smartphone apps that allow you to keep track of when your next bus is coming, which
can be extremely useful.

Taxis

Taxis can be extremely expensive for students, and are good for longer journeys that are either too far for
walking or by bicycle, or there is no bus or subway system where you want to go. Always remember to check
your driver has a valid ID card which should be displayed (if not ask to see it) and make sure the meter is
running. Never enter a taxi where the driver has asked for a set fee!

A less expensive alternative to taxis is ridesharing services such as Uber. With these services, you can
enter your location and your destination in an app on your phone, and a driver will pick you up and deliver
you to your destination for a much lower fee than a taxi would require.

Trains and Subways

Subways will be found in most major cities in the USA, such as New York,