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Smart Transportation Solutions for Schools- PikMyKid

Provides schools around the world with innovative technology-driven solutions for Traffic Mitigation, Community Engagement & Student Safety.

Photo of Saravana Pat Bhava
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In light of the impact, we bring to the local traffic in school neighborhoods, Florida Department of Transportation along with TBARTA ( TampaBay Area Regional Transportation Authority)has instituted a 3 year, $120K grant to help pay for the license fee for schools in urban cores with traffic congestion issues. They also like the fact that PikMyKid also helps in these three specific areas and improves the quality of life for their communities:

1- Encourages carpooling by proactively suggesting carpooling options to parents living in the same community with children going to the same schools, by matching routing patterns over time.

2-PikMyKid parent app provides suggested times to leave home to pick up your child so that they spend the least amount of time in pick up lines. This avoids pile up of traffic around schools around pick up and dropoff times.

3-Parents at PikMyKid schools have reported they are more comfortable to let their children walk home unescorted because the PikMyKid system triggers an automated push notification to their phone the moment their child leaves the school campus.

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

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Before the world with School Dismissal Softwares, Pat, Founder of PikMyKid, spent hours of his time waiting in car pick-up lines at his daughter’s school wondering why the school dismissal process is so broken. He quickly learned that the school dismissal process is inefficient, unsafe, and very costly to schools. What’s worse is that, in today’s digitally-driven world, the only technology schools use to manage this process are megaphones & walkie-talkies.

https://www.pikmykid.com/team/

Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Our annual cost for a pilot at one school is $3500. Depending on the funding options available, we can pilot as many schools as financially feasible.

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

We would measure success under the following categories:
- Improvement in school dismissal traffic
-Reduction in wait time in carlines during pick up times
-Carpoolings enabled to actively reduce the number of cars on the road
-Safety improvement at schools
-Community engagement on the platform and their positive feedback

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Photo of Saravana Pat Bhava
Team

Very well said Julian, as we continue to grow and scale as a community and prepare for the future, we can not build our way out of our problems. More infrastructure and more roads and unbridled construction is not the answer. We need to use innovative ways to devise smart solutions using technology, encourage sustainable transportation, and build scalable communities as we grow with active community engagement at the heart of it all.

Photo of Julian Brizuela Trochez
Team

The city should create bicycle trails on the highway. Example: if they were to take 1 lane from I-95 north and 1 from south, they will be able to make a bicycle trail in the middle of the highway. By building 5 foot tall concrete barrier with plastic glass ontop of the barrier, protecting cyclists from motorists and any flying debris. And at each existing exit, making a stairway to allow cyclists to safely get On and Off under the bridge and back on the highway. The same can be done for all major highways. This will motivate people to cosider cycling as a much faster way of transportation at high peak hours. Especially from Golden Glades to Downtown Miami on I-95.

Building wider roads is clearly not the solution for our traffic congestion, it's only getting worst. Building safe bike trails will encourage people to commute on a bicycles. Having less cars on the road and less pollution. Distance is not the problem, safety is the biggest concern.

Photo of Carl Blais
Team

Technology in vehicles and at certain areas approaching intersections to warn others of those near pedestrian crossings about to enter intersection

Sensors near intersections to warn those at crossings of approaching vehicles driving above speed limit certain distances from pedestrians waiting to cross

Photo of Wilda Previl
Team

Hey Saravana Pat Bhava ! While you fine tune PikMyKid in the accelerator, don't forget to share (see the SHARE button above), get your friends to vote, and engage on your submission through the rest of the Refine phase!

Photo of Wilda Previl
Team

Hi Saravana Pat Bhava 
Congrulations on making it to the REFINE phase! It must be an exciting time for the team! As a parent of a child entering school this fall, I am considering the bus transportation the school is providing because I don't want to sit in traffic for an hour for what normally would take 12 minutes. PikMyKid sounds like the kind of solution that would viable for a parent like me. Also, knowing that I'm not adding any more emission in the air makes me feel like I'm doing my part by staying off the road. :-)

Good luck Pat and Team!

Photo of Saravana Pat Bhava
Team

Thanks for the note Wilda, Appreciate your endorsement as a parent and it means a lot to us. Together we can make our schools safer and our cities more livable.

Photo of Matteo Cappelleti
Team

Hello Pat,
Thank you for your great post! And congratulations on a great SAAS startup you guys have scaled and the amazing team you have, plus the big problem you are solving, and giving more peace of mind for parents and making the picking up of kids at schools more efficient. I am Matteo, one of the Community facilitators here.

Let's go a little deeper on the mobility aspect of your idea,
I like this part"Encourages carpooling by proactively suggesting carpooling options to parents living in the same community with children going to the same schools, by matching routing patterns over time. "
Have you trialed this? What are the biggest pain points for them? Is this a need for the parents? is this something that would benefit the school?
How would you implement what you are doing to other verticals on mobility in the city?
Also What are other pain points on mobility as a city you are targeting with your app? If you want to see some great insights from the community, please do take a look at the exploration phase so you can learn a little more about how people are using transport in Miami and for ways for you to implement experiments in your app.

Thanks again for an amazing post and congratulations on all the hard work.

Matteo C

Photo of Saravana Pat Bhava
Team

Thanks, Matteo, To your point,

I like this part"Encourages carpooling by proactively suggesting carpooling options to parents living in the same community with children going to the same schools, by matching routing patterns over time. "
Have you trialed this? What are the biggest pain points for them? Is this a need for the parents? is this something that would benefit the school?

Yes, we are currently in testing with these features with FDOT in the Tampa Bay area. Parents have clearly suggested through a survey conducted by TBARTA that they find these features valuable.

In the interest of maintaining focus and making an impact, we have consciously focussed our attention to solving the problem in K-12 schools even though we have been approached by stadiums, concert venues, and other such organizations. We, however, are working with several after-school programs, YMCAs, summer camps, and other places which have a heavier concentration of children.

The other most important point we influence is to increase the number of student walkers going to and from school because parents have gone on record to say they are much more likely to let their children walk home as they are getting live alerts on the dismissal status.
Look forward to working with you to make a difference in Miami!
Pat Bhava