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Park & Bike or Ride

Create demand for the existing public transportation options by providing the commuters with viable options.

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I drive into the city every day since I work downtown. The traffic is heavy and I really dislike sitting in traffic and waiting to move and see the bus/bike lanes empty and busses and bikes just ride on past me. I live in the suburbs and don’t have the option to take the Red Line into the city and just breeze on past all those sitting in traffic. However, if I did have an option, I’m sure on some days, if not most days, I’d park my care and either ride the Red Line into the city or ride my bike into the city. If commuters had options to use the existing transportation options, more may choose to cruse into the city on the new electric bus; like me!

My idea to integrate the transportation systems in Indy is to create demand for the transportation options by giving the community opportunity to leverage the transportation system to improve their commutes into the city. For example, create a park & bike or ride facility, which includes parking for commuters from the suburbs that want to either ride the new bus line, i.e., The Red Line, or ride their bike into the city via the new bike lane infrastructure. The facilities can be developed to be a multi-use space. For example, it can be built for commuters to park cars, and have the structure to convert into office or residential space so that when/if the parking option no longer is needed for the location the facility can be converted into other useful space. On the first floor of the facility can include a coffee shop, convenient store, and a restaurant; so that commuters may relax and enjoy their wait for the next bus or get a bite to eat before a bike ride. 

To implement would require some development; for example, determine where to strategically place the facilities along the existing bus/bike routes. The facilities will either need to be close to the existing bus/bike routes or reroute the bus/bike routes to the facilities. 

I have another idea which I believe is well beyond the$100,000 allowance to implement, however, wanted to share it as an attachment for your entertainment; if you care to read it. 

I welcome the opportunity to discuss further.

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

I believe commuters from the suburbs will use this solution more and more, primarily to reducing their commuting time into and out of the city.

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)

Right now my team consist of personal relationship with individuals capable of assembling and executing the idea if given the opportunity. However, currently there are no official partners.

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Percentage will be used for marketing to engage the commuters living in the suburbs that drive into the city daily. Percentage will be used to find strategic location and develop parking lot/facility. Percentage will be used for construction of parking lot/facility (with additional funding, if needed, provided by partners).

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Develop a parking lot along the existing bus/bike routes to determine how many commuters from the suburbs choose to use the option to ride or bike into the city. Also offer commuters from the suburbs a monthly fee that is less than the parking fees WE now pay; much less.

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

The usage of the facility and the interest/buzz it generates.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The facility will sustain its self with the parking fees collected, similar to paid parking lots/garages downtown.

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