Here it is January already and the weather is a little cold for roadside ridesharing. Now that my day job has slowed a bit, I need to toughen up and get back out on the road. The sun is setting later each day, and that means more hours to plan a trip and be home before dark. One more hurdle to cross with this project: how can we ride safely when it gets dark? Will we have little lights to clip onto the whiteboards? Can we use well-lit parking lots? Should this be a daytime only activity? For now, I think I will stick to daytime hours.
Many of you are wondering how the hitchhiking is going so far. Here are a few stats that I have collected from my experiences this past fall:
- number of rides: 13
- average wait time: 5.2 minutes
- 8 male and 5 female drivers
- average age of driver: 42
- total miles traveled: 59
- overall impression: YEAH!
All of the rides I took last year were either into Lawrence from my house, around town or getting back home. This year, I hope to range a little further and travel to various small towns in the area like Oskaloosa, Lecompton, McClouth, Baldwin and Tonganoxie. I am currently finalizing the design for the rideboards and hope to have those available to citizen researchers within a few weeks.