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Student ideas strengthen cycling's appeal

Solar-powered lights embedded in bike lanes. Foot rests at intersections. Interactive walking maps on trails. These are just a few of the cool ideas from University of Victoria students to encourage cycling and walking in urban and rural environments around Greater Victoria.

Suggestions for improving cycling and walking infrastructure are among 15 ideas from first-year engineering students being showcased Tuesday Dec. 3 at Capital Regional District headquarters (625 Fisgard St.). After two months of research and design, students will pitch their plans to a panel of judges for a chance to win prizes and share their ideas with transportation professionals.

The ideas were developed as an experiential learning project for Dr. Peter Wild’s first-year design engineering class (ENGR 110), which is mandatory for all 400-plus students and involves community partners like the CRD as well as private corporations. The assignment was based on the 2011 CRD Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan and restricted teams to a $250,000 budget, but gave latitude for imagining a new idea or improving existing physical infrastructure.

“There’s no shortage of ways to make cycling easier, safer and more enjoyable,” says Wild. “Our goal in collaborating with the CRD is to generate fresh ideas, make more people aware of the various challenges and solutions for cycling in our community, and offer these first-year students an applied-learning opportunity early in their engineering education.”

What: Design Engineering Cycling and Walking Showcase
When: 1:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 3, 2013
Where: CRD Headquarters, 625 Fisgard St.

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  Media Contacts:

Dr. Peter Wild (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) at 250-721-8901 or pwild@uvic.ca
Sarah Webb (CRD Active Transportation Program Manager) at 250-360-3123 or scwebb@crd.bc.ca
Mitch Wright (UVic Communications + Marketing) at 250-721-6139 or mwwright@uvic.ca

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