Today, equitable community engagement is one of the biggest challenges facing any transit authority or planning commission. This is a particularly pressing issue in Miami, which has some of the lowest levels of non-electoral political participation in the country, according to the U.S. Census.
South Florida has over 100 local governments making it difficult for residents to follow and participate in upcoming meetings across Miami’s various cities. By centralizing this scattered public information into one searchable platform, CivicPro makes it easier for residents, community groups, and businesses to follow, attend, and influence mobility-related decisions throughout the region. Challenge funding will allow CivicPro to develop a new dataset that will: (1) monitor the specific types of mobility conversations being prioritized by Miami’s cities and decision-makers and (2) highlight relevant trends in voting history, meeting attendance, and co-sponsorship rates.
Our solution will encourage more equitable civic engagement by making it easier for residents, community groups, businesses, and news media to understand and impact mobility-related decisions throughout greater Miami. It is currently impossible for residents to get a full accounting of how mobility solutions—from bike lanes to ride-sharing services—are actually being prioritized by local decision-makers across various cities. Moreover, it is important to understand how particular commissioners prioritize these issues over time (and how that relates to their votes, meeting attendance, and co-sponsorship rates) to inform more effective community engagement and advocacy.
With Challenge assistance, CivicPro will be among the first to offer big data on municipal mobility legislation to provide fresh insights on local policy-making behavior. This information will allow for smarter mobility investments in the future, better assessment of past projects, and encourage equity in transit decision-making and engagement.