You may have heard of this little class called UOCD. If you haven't.....well, you must be new here, so welcome to Olin! UOCD in 30 seconds: pick a group of people (frequent fliers, scuba divers, bike messengers, etc.), spend some time getting to know them as well as you can (in essence, "become" one of them), then identify opportunities for improvement and think about solutions that your people would actually benefit from. Why? Because bike messengers have a better idea of what a bike messenger would like than you do (unless you're a bike messenger reading this post, in which case I apologize).
So that's UOCD. My people group is "People who use a bicycle as their primary means of transportation". Rolls of the tongue, doesn't it? My team has been getting to know bikers (technically not a correct term, but it sure is easier to say) for a couple weeks now, but the get-to-know-people phase is rapidly coming to a close, so it's time to step things up a notch. With that in mind, Charlie, Arjun, and myself undertook the challenge of becoming an urban cyclist in Boston.