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Areas' Safe-ness Ratings and Infrastructure Information

Tools to learn of & contribute to areas' safe-ness ratings & information about their infrastructure (existence or lack of bike lanes, etc.).

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My proposed solution entails the design and development of apps and a responsive website (different platforms for the same solution) which will solicit safe-ness ratings and infrastructure information (lack or existence of bike lanes, crosswalks, etc.) for areas and use these data and other data collected from users' devices (for the purpose of determining traffic congestion) to calculate routes based on the safe-ness of areas and traffic conditions. 

My proposed solution also includes a SOS feature, which when implemented, will alert the users' emergency contacts and law enforcement and provide the users' location to the users' emergency contacts and law enforcement. 

These tools aim to make walking, biking, scootering, etc. better methods of traveling by reducing the risks involved with each of these ways of traveling. 

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

All people who care about their own safety and the safety of those about whom they care are target users. All people who walk, bike, scooter, etc. more often than they drive are target users. There are of course other situations in which this set of solutions will come in handy for people.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

I haven't worked with anyone else as of yet. I'm presently a User Experience and User Interface Design student. Previously, I was a student in the M.D. Program at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at F.I.U. I voluntarily withdrew from the M.D. Program in 2014. I have a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Emphasis on Biochemistry from the University of Florida. I've lived in Miami-Dade County more than I've lived anywhere else. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hardeep-s-saluja

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The funding from this Challenge will be used to design & develop apps & a responsive website (different platforms for the same content/solutions). Apps for at least iOS & Android devices will be designed & developed & a responsive website will be designed & developed so that the solutions can be used without having to download an app. A landing webpage will be designed & developed to promote the downloading of the apps. Research & testing has been done up to this point & further testing will be done before any development is started because the design can be modified with much greater efficiency (in terms of cost & time) than apps & websites. The testing will consist of interviews at a minimum. The solutions will earn money by advertising revenue. In my plan, this proposal is just one component of the apps and responsive website, I have ideas which will form at least one more component of these apps and responsive website which will increase user traffic.

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

The success of the solutions will be measured by the observed increase (if any) in walking, biking, scootering, etcetera, as well as the observed user traffic to the apps and responsive website, since the solution involves collecting data which can be useful in other situations as well and not just when users solicit routes for traveling on foot, on bike, on scooter, etcetera. Surveys and/or interviews will also be conducted with users of the solutions to understand the impact of the solutions and to discover any other need(s) that may have remained unmet (if any).
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Attachments (10)

Research Plan and Interview Guide.pdf

Research Plan and Interview Guide for Discovery Research

1 Ken.pdf

Interview 1 (Discovery Research)

2 Laura.pdf

Interview 2 (Discovery Research)

3 Frank.pdf

Interview 3 (Discovery Research)

4 Jaime.pdf

Interview 4 (Discovery Research)

5 Allana.pdf

Interview 5 (Discovery Research)

6 Mateo.pdf

Interview 6 (Discovery Research)

7 Alia.pdf

Interview 7 (Discovery Research)

Empathy Map Canvas (Dave Gray).jpg

Empathy Map (A tool used in User Experience Design)

Lean Survey Canvas.png

The design of the first survey that was conducted.

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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.

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