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Sensation Paths, AI Programs, and Solar Power Vehicles

Sensation paths as sidewalks and even AI and/or solar powered cars and bikes as ways to help innovate Miami-Dade in a whole new perspective.

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Well, to make journeys and adventures more creative and/or easier for people in Miami-Dade County, we can create sensation paths as the new sidewalks and walkways along with some AI or even solar powered bikes and cars to save some energy and time.

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Hi Lew - I'm Katie - one of the facilitators here - thanks for this post - I like the sound of it - this sounds like an inspiration post - do you have any links to web pages you can share so we can see more about this idea - is it already working somewhere in the world?

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Hello,
You are very welcome for the post. :) Nice that you like my post and I really do appreciate it that you find my post inspirational. Well, I thought about it on the spot, to be honest. However, I have done some studies on how barefooting can be both a way to bond with others and even a way to innovative with your surroundings and I thought one possible way that can work while in Miami-Dade County can be creative sensation paths outside as a way to maybe make the sidewalks and walkways more interesting.

To be honest and personally, I would really like to see a huge sensation path created in a science museum as a way to explain the science of barefooting. Here is a picture link I found in case you're not sure on what I mean by a sensation path: https://bit.ly/2MCXTzz

When it comes to biking, for the ones who prefer to bike to places more than using cars and/or busses, I know Australia even has a company dedicated to electric and solar bikes, which can be helpful: http://solarbike.com.au and http://solarbike.com.au/bikessolarbike/

When it comes to AI and traffic, I can recall Pittsburgh having AI traffic signals back in 2016, not sure if their AI traffic signals are still active nowadays, but they were created to help make driving in traffic apparently less boring, which the link to one article about it is here: https://bit.ly/2DEZX8V

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Thanks Lew, that's great info.

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Hello,
You are very welcome and thanks that you find that updated information great as well. What are your personal thought on each topic?

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I live in London UK Lew - I'm not qualified to say what may or may not work in Miami - but I do like the sound of your sensory walkways - the feedback from elsewhere here seems to be it's generally too hot to walk, which is a shame - so maybe always including shady trees in any new place to walk is a thought? Check out the How it works page if you haven't https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/content/how-it-worksalready to see what the scope of this challenge is.

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Hello,
I have family in London, but this each idea can be suitable for any city and not just Miami. Nice that you like the sound of sensory/sensation paths; they can be helpful for any city, to be honest; not just certain cities or countries. You can even have one as the new walkway to your flat or even in your backyard or even, as I stated here, in science museums: https://challenges.cityoftomorrow.com/challenge/miami/explore/sensation-paths-creative-sidewalks-and-walkways/comments#c-3a0772443a0739141292a5429b952fe6

One thing I found out is that they are common to be found in some European countries. I am not sure if there is one in London, but if it is still active, there is actually a barefoot park in Stoke-on-Trent, England called "Trentham Gardens Barefoot Walk". Here is a link to some of the popular, and recommended, barefooting parks in Europe: http://www.barfusspark.info/en/park.htm

It is true on the hot weather and adding shady trees to an outdoor sensation park would be a great idea and even use them as relaxation stations for those who want to take a break from the walking and traveling. One addition would be adding handrails to the sites for those who are blind and interesting in going barefoot on a sensation path. Also, thank you so much for the link; it as very helpful and I will highly keep that in mind. I want to make sure ideas are new and creative while making sure if it beneficial for others who want to see something interesting in the city.