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Smart mobility solution in East Austin reducing congestion & carbon footprint while enabling comfortable journeys for residents, schools

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Austin Texas is a place for 81000 students in K-12 schools, 93000 employees working in downtown with over  14700 downtown residents. There are about 35 schools located immediately east of I-35 within the East Austin area. During Peak times these schools generate combined traffic of over 10,000 vehicles converging on to these school areas to pick up/drop off students creating traffic bottlenecks and safety concerns for children. Families are not always relying on public transportation to take them from point A to point B including schools due to mismatch in time, the efficiency of managing multiple chores in one go. There are 33 million parents on the road every day to manage pickup and drop of children and do not have extended families to take care of this routine in the US. School traffic is the second-largest addition to the peak rush hour period. 

After winning the CityOne Challenge in Miami last year PikMyKid was able to onboard 5000 users in less than 4 months, facilitating 47000 car rides, 28000 walkers, bus rider and late evening pickups influencing 30% community to use carpooling and walker pool. This resulted in net savings of $56,000 to the community in just the first 4 months and a reduction of 92,800 lbs of carbon footprint.

PikMyKid has the ability to create the maximum socio-economic impact for schools, families and improve safety at a minimal upfront cost. With PikMyKid, research has shown that schools have consistently observed reduced traffic congestion, increased carpooling among parents, and created safer processes for kids to walk home after-school, thus creating a more healthy and sustainable school community. Parents' work schedules have improved, students get more time with teachers and benefit from all enrichment programs offered by schools. PikMyKid is the only comprehensive dismissal solution for school districts and local governments to help their schools with traffic challenges and just won a competitive bid with Central Texas Purchasing authority overseeing in excess of 100 school districts in Texas. With a minimal license fee for schools and FREE app (in English and Spanish) for parents, PikMyKid offers the following benefits for families

-Parents spend less time in carline and able to plan their schedule with less surprise

-Connecting families to help pick up and drop off when there are limited or no Bus transportations

-Encouraging Walker pools helping community address the last mile connectivity for schools and reduce cars in the school neighborhoods

-Improve student behavior and enrichment activities with more parent engagement

-Reduce car idling time ( ~400 lbs or carbon emission reduced every week)

-Predicts travel time, remove guesswork with real-time communication from schools on any delays

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

PikMyKid will be used by school staff, families, students and regional DoTs to optimize traffic patterns around schools by the aggregated data provided by PikMyKid. PikMyKid is a comprehensive school safety system that ensures student safety & increases traffic efficiency while engaging over 85% of the parents & reducing congestion in school neighborhoods. With a high concentration of schools in the East Austin area, PikMyKid could help the entire neighborhood improve transportation. Once a school comes on board, the PikMyKid system automatically identifies parents as they are entering the ‘geofence’ & sequences cars so the school staff can prepare students for dismissal in an orderly manner. All students stay safe & warm indoors during dismissal without interfering with the traffic outside. PikMyKid encourages carpooling & allows kids to walk home safer with more accountability

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

PikMyKid is a proven solution in 100s of schools in 42 states in the US with >350,000 active users on its platform. PikMyKid has reduced 20,800 LBS of carbon footprint /school/year. Studies have shown $40,000 savings/school/yr, $1500 on gas money for parents with reduced idling with reduced pickup /drop off times. It resulted in smoother traffic, shorter commutes & increased safety. Some schools avoided >$800,000 in Additional Infrastructure Expenses to improve traffic by instead using PikMyKid

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

We are a team of passionate parents and educators who decided to build PikMyKid to help our kid's school manage dismissal traffic efficiently. In a few quick years the word got out & today we have 10 full-time employees based in Tampa bay helping school communities across the country.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

PikMyKid solution positively affects on 1700 user/school directly & thousands more indirectly in the school neighborhoods. With $50000, we can cover 35 schools & their families for 1 year. 1) Market & launch a full program in 10 pilot schools with limited bus transportation/ Schools with low-income families. 2) Market & launch parent carpool matching solutions for 25 schools in East Austin. Thus improving the lives& commutes of 35,000 parents, 21000 students, 2000 staff & 1000s more users DAILY!

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

PikMyKid can make an immediate impact in the East Austin area by addressing school traffic congestion and, its consequences following a tested and proven implementation methodology. PikMyKid will work with schools and families in 3 stages to customize the solution for each school neighborhood. Discover: Identify 10 pilot schools with the most pressing transportation challenge with or without the school district support. Design: Create custom student pickup solutions on the school’s PikMyKid portal to ease traffic congestion around schools by eliminating bottlenecks along with community engagement. Launch: Market, train and launch the carpool matching program for 25 schools, along with extensive handholding for staff and families in 10 pilot schools with the new process and timelines for launch. Measure: Once the PikMyKid system is live, regular improvements will be shared with the school, the district and the City.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Based on research, end-user testimonials and proven efficacy, we strongly feel that PikMyKid has the potential to make daily journeys of residents in East Austin pleasant, safe and stress-free as we look toward the future. PikMyKid's adoption creates a healthy and sustainable solution for traffic around schools while increasing community engagement. We will measure success by the following criteria: - Reduced travel time in school neighborhood for residents and parents - Community engagement to ensure the safety of walkers, bikers and bus riders - Reduced traffic with shorter carlines and increased carpool families-Keep students and environment healthy with reduced vehicle emissions (300-500) pounds of CO2 per week* based on a research study - Engaged users through the carpool match program - Cost savings for the community (city, schools, families)

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Sustainability of the Pilot Project: Schools can fund themselves with community sponsors using the sponsor feature on their PikMYKid portal. The City of Austin, DOT or the School District could take over the responsibility of continuing the PikMyKid solution after the first year and expand it to other schools in the community to extend its benefits and reduce transportation budget. DOT has the opportunity to secure ‘Safe Routes to School Grants’

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Hey, I'm a faciliator here with the Challenge, great idea Saravana! Keep the submissions coming we would love to keep hearing from you!

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