Galway University Sustainable Transport Options (GUSTO)
Approximately 30% of NUI Galway staff and students currently drive to campus and this level of driving is damaging to the environment, public health and personal finances. In order to encourage a reduction in the numbers of drivers at NUI Galway, this project developed a user-friendly printed and online map of sustainable transport options for getting to campus, including: (i)On-campus facilities: bicycle parking, cycle paths, footpaths, showering facilities (ii)Off-campus facilities: cycle lanes, bus routes (iii)Park and ride facilities. A wide-ranging survey on travel habits to NUI Galway was also carried out as part of this project to enable optimisation of the sustainable transport map and provide recommendations for the University.
- Attended Explore networking event on 27th February, discussed collaboration with Campus Map App group. Outcome: both projects require technical expertise at a later stage, pooling of resources may yield benefits in this regard.
- Liaised with Civil Engineering Final Year Project (FYP). Outcome: will analyse online survey results and group recommendations once received.
- Met with Cathy Joyce (Galway Transportation Unit, Galway City Council) on 5th March, discussed sustainable transport infrastructure in Galway City. Outcome: GTU support for idea; contacts and information to be passed on.
- Met with Greg Power (University Master Planner) on 7th March, discussed planned sustainable transport infrastructure on campus. Outcome: Building’s Office support for idea; surveys and maps to be passed on.
- Attended Smarter Travel Workplaces seminar on Smarter Travel at Third Level on 8th March, presentations from Lancaster University and DIT. Outcome: DIT have published a map of Dublin City and their 16 campuses – some lessons and contacts for GUSTO, also ideas from Lancaster.
Overall: significant progress has been made in garnering data and contacts for the project, compilation of this data into a preliminary map and report will begin next month.
- Organised group meeting on 29th March to discuss the carrying out of a mental mapping survey to assess the safety of on-road cycling in Galway. Outcome: some literature was reviewed and an A3 survey map and questionnaire has been compiled.
- Met with Ronán Hennessy (University GIS Officer) on 17th April to discuss compilation of data in GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Outcome: received mapping files and advice on software and mapping.
Overall: most data has been collected and compilation of a preliminary map will be completed next month. The cycling safety mapping survey will also be carried out next month. In general, the project is ahead of schedule.