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There needs to be more parking for people who drive there. Also if there are more places to rent scooters or bikes that would help alot

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Hi Lori Spyker 

I’m Wilda, one of the community facilitators here. We’re in the EXPLORE phase of the Challeneg and so I’d like to explore your post even further. What does traffic currently look like for you and in which areas? What is your primary mode of transportation ?

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I was at holywood beach this week and traffic was not to bad. I'm not there everyday but it was not bad the day I was there

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I agree Lori! More parking so people have to walk more. And those Lime and Bird sooters are pretty cool : )

check out my submission here:
https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/miami/explore/inspire-well-being-in-miami-traffic-solution/comments#

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Hi Wilda! Traffic is typically crazy in south florida especially during rush hour, like bumper to bumper. I live in Miami and there is pretty much traffic all the time. It reminds me of LA. My mode of transportation is foot, bike and Uber. Thanks for replying to Lori’s post. I love her request for more scooter rentals!

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Tanya Siejhi 

I don't ever remember traffic being this much of a problem when I was growing up in Miami. Being a native from here and seeing the city change before my eyes has been surreal. The recent entrepreneurship boom has only added to the influx of new residents.

How long have you lived in L.A.? Also, what do you think the aversion to public traffic is with residents from LA and Miami? People here really like their cars. Any thoughts or patterns you notice from both cities?

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Hi Wilda,
It is crazy how much thr city has grown. I grew up in Coral Springs, not to far from Miami. When we were young we use to come party in Miami. The changes are wildly rapid!

Mmm, that makes sense about the growth due to the entrepreneurial boom. Thanks for sharing that perspective!

I currently live in Coconut Grove, Miami, FL ;-)

Although I personally don’t drive (I bike, walk, use public transit, and Uber), I think it has to do a lot with people being (1) attached to their cars (love there cars as you put it ;-) and (2) the experience they encounter when they use public transit.

(1) People want to be able to go anywhere any time. Public transit is not available near my house at the drop of a hat. I have to schedule my day aroun the schedule of public transportation, instead of being able to leave my house when I am ready and perhaps waiting only a little bit for a ride. Which is why I prefer Uber!

(2) Most people taking public transit seem to be of lower socioeconomic class. I believe in compassion for all and have a practice to see sentient being with equality (even if I do this imperfectly). But many people “don’t want to ride next to individuals of lower classes” : (

I did live in LA for 6 months, and notice similar patters. People want to keep their cars, even in the worst traffic conditions. They highways were congested on the time with traffic at all hours of the day. I know Miami is on track for this, is kind of already there, but it will get worse. However, I do think there is hope with millennials as we have a different view on live/work balance and how we want to spend our time and energy. Sitting in traffic is not contributing to my well-being, which is why I choose other methods to travel.

I love meeting people from all over the world when I Uber and travel on public transit. It’s Miami after all and the experience can be so much fun! It’s about perspective and I think the younger generation has it.

I agree on the above, immediate non-capital solutions. But bike rentals are usually used by vacationers on weekends. I do see the rental scooters being used by local kids.

In the end I would love seeing more people out of their cars, but I am not sure that will be the case. We will see an increase in all the above: foot traffic, bike traffic, and car traffic. People that love their cars will continue to do so. Younger generations and immigrants may increase foot traffic, and everyday we see more and more bikes. So I think all of them need to be addresses. At some point large cost capital improvements will need to come in. It’s inevitable.

Thank you so much for engaging with me :)

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Hi there! Tanya Siejhi 

Hi Wilda,
From Coral Springs to Coconut Grove, huh? Such beautiful neighborhoods :) My friend is moving to Coconut Grove in a few months, I'm so excited for her! She's part of the entrepreneurial boom making Miami their new home. How do we get residents excited about public transportation, especially for those with families, when the system is not so reliable?

People DO like their cars because it represents a type of freedom. If public transportation were to run more smoothly, perhaps more of us would give it a try?

So, I'm glad you mentioned socioeconomic status and public transportation. Perhaps the attachment to cars is seen as a status symbol and the people, that even to the detriment of the environment and increased traffic and accidents, will hold dear to those cars. How would you change that?

Perhaps, as you mentioned, making public transportation the new 'hang out' spot which could contribute to well-being. :)

Walkable, green neighborhoods are definitely getting some hype in the space of mobility and innovative ways of getting residents to think of transportation differently. Check out fellow community member Lew Sterling on "sensation paths": https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/miami/explore/sensation-paths-creative-sidewalks-and-walkways