CyRide seeks your ideas through fun survey, pop-up meets

If you've got something to say about CyRide, now's the time. Over the next month, CyRide representatives will employ various tools -- an ingenious survey, pop-up meetings and public gatherings -- to coax input out of the Iowa State/Ames community.

It's all part of a year-long study to determine the most efficient and effective way to run the popular bus system that serves nearly 7 million rides a year. Here's how you can help determine the CyRide of the future.

Take a fun survey

The "Design Your Own Transit System" survey has to be one of the more enjoyable online surveys and it won't take more than a few minutes to complete. The survey is available through Friday, Nov. 18.

Meander into a pop-up meeting

Four "pop-up" meetings will be held around the community Oct. 21-22. At these quick-stop meetings, CyRide representatives will distribute a short questionnaire and comment cards and ask individuals to tell them what works well and what needs changing.

  • Friday, Oct. 21 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) -- Outdoor area near the Hub on central campus
  • Friday, Oct. 21 (1:15-2:30 p.m.) -- Plaza between Beardshear and Carver Halls
  • Friday, Oct. 21 (6-7:30 p.m.) -- Ames High School football game, outdoors between the high school and the stadium
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) - Lincoln Center Hy-Vee, inside the main entrance

Attend a public meeting

CyRide officials and a representative from the Nelson\Nygaard national transportation consulting firm will hold two meetings to gain input on the study and future CyRide services:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 8 (noon-1 p.m.) -- Cardinal Room, Memorial Union
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 (6 -7:30 p.m.) -- Danfoss Room, Ames Public Library

More information about the study is available on the CyRide website.