Research Internship Available
Help measure progress toward a bicycle-friendly California
The California Bicycle Coalition (CalBike) is seeking a motivated student to research and report on various aspects of bicycling in California to support CalBike’s strategic plan.
The goal of the California Bicycle Coalition is to double cycling in California in five years and to triple it by 2020. We have four strategies to achieve that goal: increasing funding, mainstreaming bicycling, changing traffic laws and organizing the statewide advocacy movement. Ourcomplete strategic plan is available on our website.
A good strategic plan is measurable, but we lack good data on many aspects of bicycling today. This internship will focus on research and reporting for several aspects of our strategic plan so that we can set a baseline and reliably measure our progress in meeting our goal.
The intern will conduct research to gather data and prepare reports to help us measure our progress. The reports will be used to set benchmarks of current conditions and choose which data sources are best to measure progress. Reports will address topics including but not limited to the following:
1. Rate of bicycling in California.
Using the American Communities Survey, the National Household Transportation Survey, traffic counts, and other survey data to the extent available, the intern will attempt to estimate various factors relating to the amount of bicycling in California:
- the number of trips taken by bicycle;
- total miles traveled by bicycle;
- number of people who use a bicycle for at least some trips over a period of time.
- variances in bicycle use by gender and ethnicity.
2. The amount of funding dedicated to funding bicyle infrastructure.
Because bicycle projects are funded by a variety of sources and many bicycle improvements are included in other projects, it’s difficult to estimate the current amount of state and local funding dedicated to bicycle infrastructure. The intern will review existing reports on transportation funding and prepare estimates about current levels of funding from state and some local sources.
Requirements & Compensation
- Strong research and writing skills are necessary
- Strong quantitative skills and creativity are helpful.
- 10-15 hours per week through April 2013.
- A stipend is available (negotiable).
- Credit may be available.
Send cover letter and resume to Dave Snyder, Eecutive Director, California Bicycle Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for initial review of applications will be January 14, 2013.