Crowdsourcing Community Survey

via Nextdoor: (posting in part because no login is required here, so hopefully more people will see and respond)

 

Hey neighbors,

My name is Devin Harris and I am a Professor at UVA. My background is Civil Engineering and we are researching concepts related to quality of life within communities. I have been part of the Crozet community for the past six years and thought this might be a great place to get some informal feedback on our work. I was reaching out to assess potential interest in our study that focuses on opportunities to understand and improve quality of live in neighborhoods and communities. In brief, this study aims to use a crowd-sensing approach by encouraging community members to take and share data (specifically pictures and descriptions) of issues of concern in their neighborhood/community such as congested streets, sidewalks in disrepair, flooded streets, fallen traffic signs, potholes, etc. These data (primarily images) would then to be used to create models that will automatically detect the issue and report them to decision makers. Such models are expected to help decision makers and members of the community with necessary information for solving the issues. The schematically demonstrates this idea (Note: This is only illustrative of the concept and not real data).

Survey Link

 

At this point we are not soliciting any participation, but I would like to assess potential interest. If you would so kind as to fill out the attached survey about your potential interest in such an idea, I would really appreciate your input.  We are not collecting any information about those participating in the survey, only gathering some basic numbers on who might be interested and how they might be willing participate. The survey is four simple questions and will probably not take more than 30 seconds to complete.

Thank you in advance for participating in this effort.

Devin K. Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director – Center for Transportation Studies
Faculty Director of Clark Scholars Program

 

Being Prepared is Good (In General, but this time it’s Florence)

 

 

Oh, Yay. Wind.

There’s a great discussion on Twitter about this storm.

 

Might as well get prepared, folks.

 


A few thoughts about RealCrozetVA twitter during storms

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9th Annual Crozet Trails Crew 5K – 6 October 2018

via email:

The 9th annual Crozet Trails Crew 5K Trail Race and Kids 400-meter Fun Run is only one month away! Come out on Saturday, October 6 to run, walk, or jog through woods, grassy fields, along streams, and over bridges (more info below).

Many are already working behind the scenes planning the race route, painting bridges, collecting prizes, etc.

Please support our primary fundraiser of the year by joining our

  • Workday on Saturday, Sept. 29 to prepare the trail for the race. Meet at 9 am at the trail entrance off Park Ridge Drive. Drive down Park Ridge through Western Ridge into Foothill Crossing, and look for the trail entrance on the left.
  • Help at the race on 10/6 by setting up, staffing registration, giving out prizes, and cleaning up after the race. Sign up to volunteer here, and thank you!
  • Register to run/jog/walk the race here.
    • The Kids Fun Run is at 8 am, with the adult race beginning at 8:30 and award ceremony at 9:30 with lots of prizes, including bridge naming rights to the male and female first place finishers! Registration and packet pick up will be Friday evening 10/5 from 6 to 8 pm in front of Crozet Library, as well as Saturday morning 7-8 am at Crozet Park. Fee is $20 online in advance or $25 in person. Registration includes a race tee shirt plus admission to the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival immediately following.
  • The Crozet Trails Crew helps our parent non-profit, the Crozet Park, by staffing the wine and beer tent at the Arts for and Crafts Festival. Sign up for a shift as bartender here.

Help get the word out by posting the attached flyer at your workplace, church, or school.

And that’s not all! A team from Albemarle County Parks & Recreation has begun to make major improvements to the muddy and rutted trail just outside the dog park at Crozet Park. We are looking forward to a smoother, drier trail in that section. Thanks to all who helped them!

Our monthly meeting has a NEW date (third Thursday) and location this month! It will be Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Crozet Pizza. Hope to see you there for final race planning!

2nd Annual Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Golf Classic

via email. See PDF for more information.

After our first ever Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Golf Classic, an event that exceeded our expectations, we are back to bring you another exciting day of community fun at the base of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Last year, with your help, we were able to raise $29,028 and contribute $20,407 towards a 2018 Polaris Ranger 900XP to better serve our community.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, we will be hosting the second annual Crozet Volunteer Fire Department Golf Classic at the Old Trail Golf Club in Crozet, Virginia. To ensure the tournament goes off without missing a stroke, it is vital that we have the support of those we protect day in and day out. With that said, we are actively planning 2018’s tournament and are looking to grow and further increase our community footprint with help from sponsors like you.

Drink it Forward – For Crozet Park

Thursday, 12 April 2018.

Beer at Rooftop.

For Charity. (and community)

Tip: Ride a bike or walk. It’s going to be 75º at 6pm tomorrow.

Each month Nest Realty hosts a social soiree to benefit a different organization or charity. This month we’ve teamed up with Piedmont Place to benefit Claudius Crozet Park, Inc.

Thursday, April 12th, starting at 5:30pm, we’ll have a keg tapped and flowing at The Rooftop Crozet. All you have to do is ask for the Nest keg! We’ll have a donation box available that you can drop a $5, $10 or $20, if so moved.

 

 

*real estate disclosure: many readers know that I am a realtor and Partner at Nest Realty

Crozet Trails Crew Update – March/April 2018

via email –

Saturday, March 31, 9:00 a.m. — Work day to extend the Creekside Trail from Birchwood Hill Road to Jarman’s Gap Road. Meet on Birchwood Hill Road between Birmingham Drive and Welbourne Lane in Old Trail. Be prepared to clear grass, bushes, and tree limbs, and to use rake and shovel to even out the trail. Bring your own tools or use ours. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and gloves, and bring water. Hats, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended.

Directions: from Old Trail Drive heading south, pass the first traffic circle then take the first right on Welbourne Lane. Follow it to the end, where it meets Birchwood Hill Road in a “T” intersection. Turn left and park along the road.

 

“Cheers for Charity” Kickoff Party, Saturday, April 7, 2:00 p.m. — Starr Hill Brewery will donate $1 for every pint of beer purchased at the Crozet brewery in April. Help get the fund off to a good start at our kickoff party. Get to know the trails and the trails crew. Food, drink, and maps–maybe even prizes! But fun conversation is guaranteed.

“Cheers for Charity” Bike Clinic, Sunday, April 15, 2:00 p.m. — More opportunities to drink beer, plus learn how to take care of your bike. Cor, owner of Crozet Bike Shop, will teach us some simple bike maintenance. Door prizes — you could win a free bike tune-up. Extra challenge: ride your bike to Starr Hill that day; show off your steel (or carbon). Lycra bike shorts not required!

 

“Cheers for Charity” Earth Day event TBA – the weekend of April 21-22
 

Mark your calendar: Monthly Trails Crew meeting Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. at Starr Hill. Note the location — food truck and yes!, beer will be available.