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Inclusive Mobility Planning

The pilot project will give underrepresented communities a voice in implementing innovative and inclusive mobility solutions.

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According to Lilian Coral of the Knight Foundation, “Important conversations are happening among government and industry on what these changes mean for the future, but residents have largely been left from the table. Without their input, we risk designing cities for new kinds of cars, rather than for people.”  This pilot will provide engagement and advocacy for underrepresented communities who could best benefit from innovative and inclusive mobility options. 

My solution is to hold town house sessions to educate and then crowd source around places to implement new mobility solutions. 

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

The crowd sourced platform and town hall meetings will engage residents in underrepresented communities, the schools system, community college and advocacy group to form well thought our recommendations. The recommendations will be presented to City leaders and corporations who have already invested in the driverless shuttle on the Dash West Route. We would make recommendations for new routes based on the data collected and fundraise for expanded service. We will also advocate for workforce development and hiring of local citizens.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I have been involved in the technology and autonomous space for years. I was born in Michigan but became involved in tech while in Maryland. I started a company Connected2Tech as a way to Connect people to the technology they currently or will use in the future. I am a sociologist who loves technology and believe it can change lives. I recently moved back to Michigan to work on my passion of changing lives through technology and shared driverless mobility is one of many ways.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

As an community/economic developer and tech strategist I plan to leverage my social network and business contacts to raise additional funding to expand on routes already in planning by the City of Grand Rapids and Start Garden. My plan is provide advocacy (consulting) services in the area and advertising on the platform. This is a social venture and is meant to help other partners leverage resources.

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

The City of Grand Rapids recently announced plans to deploy driverless shuttles in a targeted area. While the idea is great, many residents who could benefit from the mobility solution are not familiar with the technology and how it will impact them. Project success will be measure by the number of communities engaged, and crowdsourced recommendations about where and how to deploy innovative and inclusive mobility solutions in the Grand Rapids.

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Photo of Tom Bulten

Thanks, LaToya! You raise the really important value of inclusion. Can you add a photo in the next three minutes? :-)