Survival Service #5: Transportation Family-focused local leaders can think outside-the-box with city planners, app designers, drivers and green vehicles.
DESIGNING A COUNTYWIDE FAMILY-FRIENDLY TRANSPORT SYSTEM
The past: How did we get to this point of needing a family-friendly transit system? Why even have a public transit system at all? Who exactly needs it anyway? What problems is it supposed to solve? Why don’t people just drive their own cars?
The present (action agenda): Within this subject, we’ve identified ten strategies – called innovation areas – that can be used to tackle the transit problem. Within those we suggest about 20 100% Community projects that you (yes, you) can take on, thus propelling your community towards family friendly-transport systems.
The future (goals): With enough work on these innovations/projects, we’ll get to the point where innovation ten – the creation of a City/County Dept. of Family-Friendly Transport – becomes a reality. With a state-of-the-art transit system in place, 100% of our county’s families report excellent service.
Since we are currently in the present creating the future, your commitment to innovation is most eagerly sought and needed.
Addressing a Challenge
When we “Google it”, how many results come up?
How cities can solve public transportation problems: 2,380,000,000
The future of public transportation in america: 235,000,000
How can cities create ways to live car-free: 295,000,000
Free public transportation for students: 1,060,000,000
What is parent-friendly public transportation: 294,000,000
It is almost impossible to keep up with advances in transportation. As you can see, research abounds in everything from bringing app-ordered car services to rural areas to investing in green bus lines, bullet trains and using artificial intelligence designing bus routes.
In larger cities, app-ordered cars are changing the way we live. A decade ago, one could only consider living car-free in about ten US cities. Now, with services like Uber and Lyft, we have options. We don’t lack for research on how to design cities that get children and adults to school and work seamlessly on public transportation. In the quest to create a family-friendly city, we need to invite the following people into a room to brainstorm: city planners and reps from bus line companies, bus route departments, app-ordered car companies and the state department of transportation who oversee roads and trains.
Currently, even with advances in transport, our fifty unique states exist in a pretty car-centric nation. This can mean for children, teens, rural folks or those on limited incomes, extreme difficulty going to the grocery store or work or to recreation. While many urban transit systems run like tops, others are very inefficient. In rural communities public transport services range from minimal to non-existent.
Teen Eric can’t get to his doctor’s appointment because the car is broken. How does a county follow Uber’s creative thinking process to reinvent an app-ordered public transport system?
What does transportation have to do with adverse childhood experiences? Everything. When we talk about beating an easy path to healthy food in real grocery stores, better jobs, and good preschools, that path is often traversed by public transit. We have seen in the past decades advances in all sorts of transportation and we’re already pretty good at using existing resources (school bus networks are very impressive, after all). The ever-changing world of app-offered co-shared rides and coming revolution of autonomous vehicles could well make it all easier.
Innovations focus on solutions for urban and rural families, using technology and collaboration to ensure kids and parents get to vital services and programs.
Learn More in The 100% COMMUNITY COURSE
A 100% Community is one where all our families and county residents get the support they need to be trauma-free and thrive. In our 100% Community Course local leaders are learning how to address gaps in ten vital family services. Course graduates work in action teams through the 100% Community initiative to design, implement and evaluate innovations shown to increase the quality and quantity of services.
Participants in the 100% Community course choose which of the 10 family services areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services” they wish to focus on.
100% COMMUNITY COURSE IS ACTION-FOCUSED
The course is designed to support county stakeholders in developing projects in ten inter-connected service sectors.
Participants in the 100% Community course focus on the one family service area they are most passionate about (one of 10 family service areas – 5 “Survival Services” and 5 “Thriving Services”).
When you enroll in the 100% Community course, you will be working to improve one sector as part of an action team. Each innovation area has short and long-term projects to develop, all with the support of the course instructors. All projects focus on supporting local communities and agencies in strengthening services to meet the needs of residents.
READ 100% COMMUNITY
The course textbook 100% Community by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello guide the development of the 10 innovations listed here. It acts as a blueprint for implementing evidence-informed innovations at a county level across a state.
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