The survey data was collected by "accidental sampling".
Accidental sampling refers to the random choosing of passerby's based on
a particular location at a particular time. The surveys were conducted
for two weeks (excluding weekends) three times a day, (8-9 am, 12-1 pm,
& 9-10 pm).
Each building on campus was surveyed once except for the common buildings (the SLC and DC) which were surveyed on a more frequent basis. See table 1 in appendix. For a copy of the survey see Appendix 1
Interviews with various people from different departments
at the University and from outside sources such as Kitchener Transit were
required to supplement the data collected. This was necessary so as to
determine the attitudes of the various departments and also to obtain information
that could not be obtained from surveys or other secondary sources. A total
of 5 interviewees were identified and contacted. A date, time and place
for the interview was established at the convenience of the interviewee.
On average, interviews were informal in nature and lasted about 20 minutes. The details of the interviews were recorded by taking notes and can be found in the results section.
Observations were carried out in four parking lots that were randomly selected by drawing out 4 lots randomly from a bag containing all the parking lot names . Observations were carried out at two times of the day i.e. morning (8:30 am and at 1:30 pm). In general the number of parking spots occupied was determined by walking through the designated parking lot and taking a quick count of the number of cars. It must be remembered that the data recorded was just an estimate since cars were constantly entering or leaving the parking lot at any point in time.