Reclaiming Rush Hour

Oakland - Submitted by Sherri on Jan 23 2014

MAKER WORLD - Submitted by Sherri on Jan 23 2014
In the near future, traffic sensors measure and predict the flow of the Bay Area's nearly continuous rush hour. Google maps now multiplies your commute time by a factor of 5 in high traffic. In 2025, the City of Oakland can take the time you might spend stuck in a jam and help you make it productive to you and the community.

The city (or your community) can combine traffic data, your commute patterns, and your interests to proactively suggest a variety of things happening within walking distance, that you might choose to do, rather than sitting in the line on the freeway, or a crowded train.

You might discover a new artist or musician, dine at a new restaurant, or find a like-minded group with a passion for saving wetland wildlife. You have an incentive to delay your commute, and do your part to improve traffic. You are also connected to more people and things to do in Oakland, improving your relationship with the city in which you spend so much of your time.

NOW it's your turn...

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How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
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Stakeholders( 2 )
Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
Jan 23 2014
4:38 PM
Employers could encourage co-working locations throughout the city to minimize commutes and co-locate with other community resources.
Jan 24 2014
6:48 AM
Parking within the city limits maybe a serious issue if many people avoid rush hour.
Logistics( 1 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Jan 25 2014
4:05 AM
A database of local events could be kept and added to through emails sent from marketing staff, where organization identifying information has already been logged in and attached to an address. This could include the mission statement, history, and account image. Specific text and attachments could be transposed for mobile viewing, if not entered manually through a direct interface.
Roadblocks( 1 )
What could get in the way of this future?
Jan 24 2014
6:50 AM
I suggest you keep the social activities part but plan for more mass transist including fast bus or subway lanes and less lanes for cars.