Welcome to the SCP recovery page
The original page was built on Amazon's AWS platform became a victim of upgrades and outdates.
The project description, findings and graphs are presented here so they may serve as a reflection and hopefully a new beginning for further exploration of the state of student and staff commuting patterns and how they might move towards a more sustainable future.
The story of the SCP has some distinct chapters that help uncover some of the history and current commute practices:
- A database of student residences
- link to student directory, registrar's office
- Tools to retrieve and parse the webpages
- Commuter density
- Commuter clusters help identify where commuting is efficient or more costly
- Clusters represent opportunities for transportation alternatives like bus and ride share
- Commuting miles - how far we travel to/from campus
- The location of student and employee residences, where our commutes begin
- Modeling each commuter's routes and miles traveled.
- Commutes within five miles of campus
- Commutes between five and forty miles of campus
- Add everyone's commute miles together
- Route use and congestion
- Routes or road segments that carry a disproportional number of commuters are areas of concern for multiple reasons
- Extra wear and repair on overused roads
- Greater potential for accidents and pedestrian/automobile encounters
- Need to mitigate or accomodate parking demand, calming traffic and mode transfer to on campus pedestrian commute.
- On campus parking audit
- Count the number of cars parked on campus
- The purpose is to get an idea of how many cars are used for the daily commute and average fuel efficiency. There's many limitations and uncertainties in this measure because many staff and students prefer off campus parking and there's no way to quantify which cars are single occupancy or ride-share commuters. The field work method was to simply take photographs of each car rear bumper and any other distinct markings. These were coded into a database of car make and model to better estimate the fuel efficiency of the commuting fleet to calculate emissions.
- Here's a sample of the thousands of photographs taken during four separate parking lot audits in 2011.
- ...and the data entry interface to record the makes and models from the photographs.
- Fuel efficiency of car parked on campus - histogram
- Fuel efficiency of car parked on campus - cumulative