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Smart Mobility Solution to Reduce School Traffic

City-wide school traffic solution to reduce congestion & carbon footprint while enabling comfortable journeys for kids & families every day.

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PikMyKid is the only comprehensive dismissal solution for districts and local governments to help their schools with traffic challenges. Adopted by thousands of schools in 33 states and 7 countries around the world.

PikMyKid has the ability to create the maximum socio-economic impact within the school community and improve safety at various levels 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.

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

PikMyKid is a comprehensive school safety system that ensures student safety & increases teacher efficiency while engaging over 85% of the parents & reducing traffic around schools. Once a school comes on board, PikMyKid defines a virtual ‘geofence’ of approx 200 yds around the school. During dismissal, PikMyKid system automatically identifies parents as they are entering the ‘geofence’ and sequences cars so the school staff can prepare students for dismissal in an orderly manner. All students stay safe and warm indoors during dismissal without interfering with the traffic outside. PikMyKid also triggers real-time alerts to parents when their children get in a car, school bus or leave campus to walk home.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

PikMyKid is a proven solution in hundreds of schools across 32 states in the US with over 250,000 active users on its platform. Starting with a simple mission ‘Keeping Kids Safe’, today, PikMyKid is a comprehensive solution for daily dismissals, mitigating traffic around schools, helping parent community balance their work and worry less about their children.

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

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

A single school adopting the PikMyKid solution positively effects on average, 500 students, 75 school staff, 1000 parents/guardians directly and thousands more indirectly in the school neighborhoods. PikMyKid has proven to reduce capital expenditure on infrastructure around schools to improve traffic flows. We propose launching in 10 pilot schools in the city to prove the efficacy of PikMyKid. We will be able to support 10 pilot schools with a funding of $50,000 for one year.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

PikMyKid can make an immediate impact for Indianapolis residents by addressing school traffic congestion and, its consequences following a tested and proven implementation methodology. PikMyKid will work with schools and the parent community in four stages to customize the solution for each school neighborhood. Discover: The PikMyKid project team will work alongside the School District project manager to identify 10 pilot schools with the most pressing transportation challenge. Design: We will 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: The PikMyKid team will conduct a series of training and email campaigns to help the school staff and parents become familiar with the new process and timelines for launch. Measure: Once 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 Indianapolis residents pleasant, safe and stress-free as we look toward to 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 -High community engagement to ensure the safety of walkers, bikers and bus riders -Reduced traffic with shorter carlines and easy carpool solutions for the community -Keep students and environment healthy with reduced vehicle emissions (300-500) pounds of CO2 per week* based on research study -Schools and local law enforcement’s time cost savings (~40K per year) * based on a research study.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Sustainability of the Pilot Project: After the completion of the pilot project, City of Indianapolis, 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. DOT has the opportunity to secure ‘Safe Routes to School Grants’ armed with data analytics and insights into traffic patterns around schools. Several additional grants and funds are available.

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PikMyKid Traffic Benefits-Marketing Flyer.pdf

Traffic Benefits of PikMyKid solution

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Photo of Jasmine Comer
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Hey Saravana Pat Bhava , I'm Jasmine one of the online facilitators for the challenge this year. As a mother who spends a lot of time in a carpool line, this idea sounds AMAZING, so thanks for sharing! Has this idea been tried with after school programs as well? And is there a similar idea available for bus riding children/ parents?

Photo of Saravana Pat Bhava
Team

Hi Jasmine,
Thanks for the validation as a parent. I was a parent in those carlines not long ago, which prompted me to design the initial prototype for my daughter's school! Yes, the system has a fully functional after-school module integrated with the dismissal system so that the parents can get real-time notifications whenever their child leaves school to attend after-school daycare, football practice or goes to the YMCA. Some schools also rely on the time-stamped reports from our system for billing purposes.
Parents of bus-riding / bike-riding or walking home, kids also get alerts whenever their child is dismissed from school.

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