UCF Travel Troubles

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Red Push Pin- Crosswalk High in Jaywalking
Yellow Push Pin- Crosswalk Medium in Jaywalking
Blue Point- How To Get Around UCF Without A Car
Purple Point- Sidewalk Endings
Green Push Pin- Crosswalk Low in Jaywalking
Green Point- UCF Parking Garages
Green Tree- Locations Where Arboretum Volunteers Travel From

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UCF TRAVEL TROUBLES NARRATIVE

The map provided encompasses five different areas of concern in terms of transportation that plague UCF students in the greater Orlando area. Crosswalk and sidewalk safety, parking garage troubles, getting around town without an automobile, clean transportation to the Arboretum and walking alone at night are all problems that attempt to be rectified by way of this map. Upon conclusion of careful scrutiny of this map, the reader should possess a profound knowledge on transport safety at the University of Central Florida in addition to a few solutions that make transport more accessible and convenient.

When a reader first peruses this transportation solution guide, the first area one lands on is the problem of cross walks. Found nearly everywhere on campus, crosswalks allow students to cross-busy streets safely. However, a rising problem amongst UCF students is jay walking. Jay walking can be defined as defying the instruction of the lights and the law and crossing the street against the recommended time to move. This is very dangerous because if a traffic light is green, drivers in fact have the right of way and this can yield undesirable results for the trespasser if they are not careful. This map will serve to raise awareness on the dangers of crosswalks and which ones provide the most problems to prospective users of them. In a nutshell, by illustrating various crosswalks and the frequency of jaywalking on campus, the reader will possess an adequate understanding of what they are dealing with and how to steer clear of possible danger. In regards to reading and understanding the map, it is color-coded based on the most dangerous cross walking areas. The crosswalks that are red are prone to have a large amount of jaywalking. The crosswalks that are yellow have a medium amount of jaywalking. The crosswalks that are green have minimum to no jaywalking.

After reading and understanding the captions and pictures provided by the map with reference to crosswalks, the reader will then learn about the travel troubles of commuting to and from the arboretum, with respect to biking and walking. Moving around with a car on campus can be quite difficult therefore it would be logical for one to invest in bike or simply walk. A bike is inexpensive and can be rode any and everywhere, dwelling on the polar opposite spectrum of an automobile. Therefore, by promoting on campus biking and walking, transportation becomes cleaner and more environment-friendly. This portion of our map’s chief goal is to widen people’s perception on safe and clean means of transportation on campus without using a car, with special emphasis on student’s going back and forth to the Arboretum. To read this section, follow the green highlighted points in order of their placing while constantly reverting back to the key mantras of clean and safe yet convenient transport to and from the Arboretum that this map attempts to relay.

Following these two ideas, the reader then delves into the struggles of a student who possesses no car on campus and wishes to make trips off campus freely with the least amount of irritation and bother. This map details several different ways a student attending the University of Central Florida may be able to travel to places off campus even though they possess no car. The general public tends to surmise that if one does not have a car it is impossible to get around successfully with minimal irks and irritations. However, they are exceedingly wrong in their assumptions because this map details a myriad of options for off campus excursions. One should proceed to read this map as follows: Beginning at the University’s student housing, the map then heads to various supermarkets on one side of town followed by some very delectable restaurants located in the opposite direction. The map concludes in the University of Florida, roughly one hundred miles away from the Orlando institution that the case study student would reside in.  By utilizing Internet sources that act as chat rooms for UCF students and also having reliable friends that do not mind putting others needs before themselves, one should have no problem landing at any off campus destination they require. The map provides appeal to all students with no cars interested in heading to the places specifically delineated here or to just get around off campus locations. Upon conclusion of reading this map, the prospective student should be very capable of going at the very least, grocery shopping, out to eat or even to another university if they wish it so.

Although it seem that this map has covered all possible troubles of transportation for the UCF student on campus, the reader should press on in order to learn about SEPS. An acronym standing for Safe Escort Police Services, this organization provides students with immediate on site transportation if they feel they are unsafe or in a troublesome situation. The only quam with SEPS is that the system fails to run each and every day. This map aims to move its readers to try to improve the situation of traveling around UCF at night and urge the leaders of SEPS to make it available 24/7. In order to read this part of the map successfully, click on the blue point labeled SEPS near the Student Union. Readers can see what hours SEPS operates and a phone number they can use to contact SEPS in addition to a student interview that describes the unfortunate scenario she was placed into due to the current schedule of SEPS. This map should make leaders of UCF aware of the problems that we have with travel and parking around campus that will hopefully spark some kind of improvement in the transportation systems that UCF offers, in this case the Safe Escort Police Services.

Upon concluding on the problems and solutions of jaywalking, clean transportation on campus, travelling successfully off campus without a car and lastly the SEPS system UCF offers, the reader will then learn about the struggles people are facing when utilizing the sidewalks. In the discussion of sidewalks, many pedestrians and bikers are at risk because certain sidewalks end abruptly therefore prompting the user to go in the grass or worse put the user at risk of veering into oncoming traffic. This map aims to raise awareness on problematic areas where sidewalks are placed on campus and also where they need to be placed. The points on the map are placed in order of physical appearance, making it very easy for the user to mentally picture and conceptualize. The map begins at the UCF gymnasium and spans all around the campus, mentioning each section where a sidewalk ends and where one has to be careful of traffic. Overall, by following the sidewalk portion of this map, the user will be more aware of the troubles of using the sidewalk and where they need to be most careful.

Finally, the UCF walking map concludes with the portrayal of parking garages at UCF and how they pose a problem to those students who have a car. In order to raise awareness on the lack of parking availability on campus, this map provides nine separate locations including an news article and some interesting statistics. This map also provides data comparing those who have a UCF parking permit to the number of available parking spots on campus. By providing a comparison of the two, the reader can further understand the conflict and growing disproportion of students to parking spots. By acknowledging there is a significant difference between the two, the reader should feel prompted to contact the necessary authorities in order to help fix the parking situation. Whether one has car at UCF or not, the dilemma of parking availability affects everyone from pedestrians to bikers because less parking spots means more interaction with traffic which increases one’s risks during travel. Overall, this final section of the map raises awareness and truly encourages readers to try to get in touch with people who can make a difference before it is too late.

As one can see, there are many problems in regards to transportation that UCF students and Orlando inhabitants face each and every day. This map aims to mitigate those troubles by raising awareness on each one while simultaneously laying out solutions on their rectification. Lastly, one can see that based on the descriptions and information presented from the map, one can surmise that without the correct plan of action, traveling around campus and even on campus freely and safely can be quite difficult. Therefore, by carefully studying the map provided, the reader will learn valuable lessons of how to experience worry-free travelling for the UCF student.

One response to “UCF Travel Troubles

  1. A note from Maria LoPorto: As of March 2013, Safe Escort Police Services (SEPS) has changed its availability to operate seven days a week from 7pm to 1am.

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