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Green Zones

Zones within Miami-Dade's busiest business districts at rush hours that restrict vehicles that are occupied with less than two people.

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Create strictly enforced "Green Zones" within Miami-Dade's most congested business districts. During business hours or rush hours vehicles that are occupied with less than two people are restricted from entering within the boundaries of the zones, unless those vehicles are registered and are displaying an official Green Zone decal on the license tag and windshield. Registered vehicles would pay a yearly fee, which would be used solely on new mobility projects, similar to those ideas of the the Ford Challenge. Other uses would include: the construction of new bike paths and walkways, the planting of trees along existing walkways and bike paths, issuing vouchers to bike riders that may be used at bike shops that offer free bike safety classes and discounts on monthly transit passes, just to name a few. Vehicles found to be in violation of the Green Zone restriction will be cited by law enforcement with considerable fines. There would also be the creation of a one term only, bi-yearly elected, Citizens Mobility Authority (CMA.) The CMA would be made up of passionate, cause sharing, everyday citizens. The CMA would exist as a totally separate independent authority charged with overseeing the funds and creating and implementing new mobility projects countywide. Politically, the creation of the CMA would offer a great deal of cover for county elected officials from having to face backlash for implementing the Green Zones. Elderly car owners, vehicle owners with disabilities and residents living within Green Zone areas could register their vehicles at a discounted rate. Discounted rates could also be applied to company fleet vehicles, ride sharing and taxis that utilize the Green Zones during restricted hours. The entire budget would operate off of the funds generated by registrations and partial funds from citations. Funds would be used exclusively (100%) for CMA projects. 

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

Commuters carpooling could benefit from the reduced amount of traffic going into the business districts.
Job creation for existing or start-up construction companies wanting to get involved in the building of the new projects funded by the Green Zone revenues.
People not willing to carpool would benefit the most from purchasing a yearly Green Zone Pass.
Bike riders and pedestrians would find their daily experiences fresher, safer and easier with the reduced amounts of vehicles and CO2.
Public transportation would have a much easier time getting into Green Zones with less traffic, which would help in maintaining better on time performance.
First Responders would find much easier to respond to calls within the Green Zones work less traffic.
Elderly and Disabled pedestrians would find it a much smoother experience getting around within Green Zone boundaries.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Size of your team or organization

  • I am submitting as an individual

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

The only cost that I think would be most important is the signage that would be required to let the driving public know when they are approaching a Green Zone. The installation of signs would include through-ways, highways and local neighborhood streets leading toward Green Zones. Other costs would include: distribution of decals through auto tag agencies and online, making the public aware through an assortment of media sources.

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

I could measure the success In the following ways: a decrease in the amount of traffic in and surrounding the Green Zones, the number decals that were sold on a monthly basis, an increase in the number of commuters using public transportation going into the Green Zones, an increase In the number of 'GZ' vouchers being used on a monthly basis and surveys.

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Photo of KatieWalsh 100

Many thanks for your proposal Franklin. Have you done any research on friends and family in Miami to see how well this proposal may go down? Would be interesting to read if you have!

Photo of Franklin Brown

Hi Katie,
I haven't done any real research on family or friends yet, but, I'll provide a link on some helpful info to a transport authority here in Miami that has pushed forth a similar idea.

Photo of KatieWalsh 100

Interesting info - thanks Franklin.