I just picked up an air quality monitor and a GPS unit from GASP (Group Against Smog and Pollution) in Garfield. You can see it in the picture below!
GASP and Google have a study where they attach this contraption to your bike and you ride around and go about your business for a week. They are trying to identify particulate matter hotspots in the city. It’s really awesome! You can sign up here:
Thanks for posting this. I really like GASP and what they do. They are in our corner for sure. Also, thank you for doing what you are doing. Hmm, I will have a look at their website and talk with them. My commute is pretty consistent, but I park my bike in a very bad area, so that might be a concern. I also ride at all hours. Sometimes in the middle of the night due to my odd work schedule.
Got the message today that “Currently, our monitors are all lent out, but they rotate back in and out again on a semi-weekly basis, so I can add you to the waiting list if you are interested and let you know when a monitor is available to you.”
I’m currently spearheading this project at GASP (See current page of introductions thread for intro)! When you receive emails, you’ll be receiving them from me, and when you come in to attach the monitor to your bike, you’ll be interacting with me.
Attaching the monitors to each bike is a pretty individual experience, since you can probably tell from Rachel’s photo that the device is just a teeny bit bulkier and more unwieldy than, say, a CMU airbot. I love taking design mod advice from my fellow bikers, and Rachel’s unit is the first to be using pedal straps to attach to the handlebars – an upgrade (sidewaysgrade?) from our more rigid but less lockable plastic clips.
To address the raining concern – the monitor will not explode immediately upon contact with rain, but we do ask that you treat our expensive device like an expensive device. Even if you don’t have waterproof panniers, something like double-bagging the monitor in grocery bags and placing it in a backpack would be fine. I’ll leave it to you to self-assess whether or not you feel unable or unwilling to do anything in the protocol before sending in an interest form.
Thanks, Rachel, for posting this, and thanks to everyone signing up for the waiting list. Cannot wait to meet you all. Keep passing the tiny windmill fairy wand of air quality knowledge into the future!