Our solution to increase mobility and connect people, places, and events in the "Ford Impact Community" would be to retro fit electric gulf carts to look like old Ford vehicles, like the Model T, or for multi row gulf carts to look like old trolleys. The carts would be also retro fitted with a solar panel on top to keep the cart charged while in operation. These vehicles would ride the bike lines in a route through the main streets of the Ford Impact Community with stops along the way, with a minimal charge to riders. In the future we would like to develop an app so riders can schedule to be picked up at one of the local stops and also pay for the ride.
The Stops would be at local businesses, parking lots or parks in the area that are easily accessible to the community. This would be an easy way to connect people with businesses, and allow people who work in the area or residents to travel around the "Ford Impact Community" without having to find parking every time they leave a location which is already a challenge for residents and visitors. This solution would not need to make any changes to the streets and will be easily implemented by the CBA which has already found a location to be able to store and charge the carts.
The CBA would partner with Mob Steel https://www.mobsteel.com/ a local design/build company that manufactures automotive aftermarket products and builds custom cars, while celebrating the history of the automobile industry and the Motor City. Mob Steel would be in charge of designing and retro fitting the carts to our needs. The CBA would also partner with Detroit Labs https://www.detroitlabs.com, a local app development and software company, to create an app for this project that would show a map of stops and where the carts are on their route in real time and in the future to be able to use the app to schedule pickups and pay for rides through the app.