Sharide

A Peacemaking Project by Gideon T.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Sharide is a social app that helps students find transportation to school and extracurricular events. By providing students with accessible transportation, students can attend school every single day, allowing them to gain the education they need for their future careers. Moreover, Sharide helps to connect the student community through transportation so that students have a wider range of opportunities to enhance their high school careers. From the perspective of our environment, Sharide encourages carpooling which helps to decrease vehicle emissions by 50% ultimately helping to reduce global warming.

Our Compassionate Solution:

To solve this injustice of inaccessible school and extracurricular events
we will address lack of transportation
by connecting students together for efficient carpooling.

Our Project Plan:

Goals

  • Create accessible transportation for everyone
  • Connect carpoolers to save gas, increasing efficiency
  • Decrease carbon emissions through carpooling
  • Promoting community involvement in creating environmental sustainability

We will increase my / our compassion by...

Sharide will increase its compassion towards the community by providing an app-based service that allows potential carpoolers to be connected with each other. We will connect people together that may not have met each other before, allowing both accessible transportation while decreasing the overall community carbon footprint and lowering the cost of transportation.

How will you show courage?

We will show courage by persevering in the creation of our app, as well as possible legal issues with the creation of such a carpool service. Liability issues were the biggest problem we encountered, and we believe that we must overcome this obstacle in order to succeed.

How will you collaborate with others?

We will collaborate with others by contacting users of our app, as well as alpha and beta testers, as well as the administration and students at schools and districts in order to promote our app. We believe that our app’s use case is the most applicable to students, who may not have money to consistently use ridesharing or taxi services and may not have another means of transportation to reach their destinations.

How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)

We will know that we are moving in the right direction by involving the metrics of usage of our app. If we are able to successfully connect people together to create carpools, we consider this to be a success. We want to be able to make transportation more accessible to those who may not have other means of transportation.

Key Steps

  • Rollout of beta version of app
  • Mitigate possible points of liability
  • Promote usage of app at the school level
  • Expand transportation access to additional groups of people

Comments:

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
25 May 2018 18:13

Hi Gideon,

Adrian here again--hope you're having a good week! I’m here to provide formal feedback on your compassionate insight:

To solve this injustice of
inaccessible school and extracurricular events
we will address
lack of transportation
by
connecting students together for efficient carpooling.

We encourage you to use this feedback as you continue to progress through your peacemaking journey, and if you apply for a mini-grant, your Insight will be one of the things we consider, so you are welcome to use this feedback to strengthen your insight before that stage in the process.

Strengths: I love this idea, and the video you've created is a great communications tool--wonderful work! You've noticed the important details that will help make Sharide a success--like ensuring drivers go through an approval process parents will be confident in, and thinking about how to leverage resources across the community to increase access to events.

Things to consider: I'm wondering if you can articulate your injustice a bit more clearly. In this tool, we talk about "an injustice as a long-standing harm to a particular person or group or when someone is
targeted based on their identity." (link is here: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/choose-4-injustice-versus-inconvenience) What groups are specifically harmed by a lack of access to events and activities? Who experiences the brunt of this problem?

Once you've identified especially marginalized groups, I encourage you to think about the root cause of why it is that they struggle with less access. This tool can help you think through the reasons why transportation is such an important issue: https://www.peacefirst.org/resource/understand-2-problem-and-solution-trees

Oh, and one other thing--I want to connect you to this awesome project on our platform, which is also working on transportation justice issues: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/ride Check out their work and leave a comment--talking with others doing similar work can be so powerful!

This project is so innovative and important, and can change lives! Thanks for doing this work. Please let me know if you have any questions--I'm happy to help in any way that I can!

Best,
Adrian  

Adrian B. Peace First Staff
18 April 2018 11:41

Hi Gideon,

Thanks so much for posting this project! I love this idea--increasing access to transportation is so important, and this is an innovative plan. Your video has strong evidence and clear presentation--this is all so great! Thanks for this important work.

One thing that can help deepen the already-important work you're doing is to talk to people who directly experience transportation barriers (which includes youth, low-income people, undocumented people, people of color, disabled people, and more), to the groups that cause transportation barriers to happen, and to other people who are working for transportation justice. When you talk to all these groups, you'll gain a deeper understanding of why this is happening, and you'll get to learn from people who are directly affected by this to understand what their priorities and needs are. Understanding the root causes of transportation injustice will help you address it at the root. Here’s a toolkit we have for helping with this process: https://www.peacefirst.org/projects/test-project-3/dashboard/understand-injustice

Here are a few awesome organizations focused on transportation injustice:

http://yli.org/san-mateo/teamc/
http://www.apta.com/mc/annual/Pages/default.aspx
http://activetrans.org/about-us
http://www.transportchicago.org/
http://bostononthemove.org/
http://t4america.org/our-vision/
https://ellabakercenter.org/blog/2011/05/transportation-justice-%E2%80%94-for-people-and-the-planet
http://urbanhabitat.org/policy-advocacy/transportation
https://sandiegofreepress.org/2016/04/transportation-justice-victories-what-we-have-accomplished-with-people-power/
https://dredf.org/public-policy/transportation/

We also encourage you to do some reading and learning on your own time. There are lots of resources out there--here are a few that touch on these topics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXQHkOugd4Y
http://www.calbike.org/what_is_transportation_justice
http://www.reimaginerpe.org/20years/TJ
http://www.reimaginerpe.org/node/316
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/molly-secours/cant-get-there-think-publ_b_782280.html
https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?f=MLK-Day-2013-Why-Transpor-by-Robert-Bullard-130119-639.html
https://www.opednews.com/populum/page.php?f=Transportation-Challenges-by-Robert-Bullard-110505-649.html
https://www.americanbar.org/publications/human_rights_magazine_home/human_rights_vol34_2007/summer2007/hr_summer07_bujoto.html
https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/black-lives-matter-transit-justice/Content?oid=24066620
https://www.amazon.com/Transport-Justice-Designing-transportation-systems/dp/0415638321
http://thecostofsprawl.com/
http://atlantablackstar.com/2016/01/01/transportation-as-a-racial-justice-issue-white-southern-republicans-opposition-to-mass-transit-spending-keep-low-income-black-people-mired-in-poverty/
https://www.amazon.com/dp/086571357X/ref=asc_df_086571357X5413357?tag=shopz0d-20&ascsubtag=shopzilla_mp_1475-20;15239980303393977941410080302008005&creative=395261&creativeASIN=086571357X&linkCode=asn
http://cityobservatory.org/1760-2/
http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1824&context=jpt
https://usa.streetsblog.org/category/issues-campaigns/transit/
https://adata.org/factsheet/ADA-accessible-transportation
https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2014/06/why-public-transit-is-not-living-up-to-its-social-contract/373368/

I hope that these resources are useful! This work is so important Thank you for what you're doing!

Let me know if you have any questions or need support in thinking about your next steps. :) I'm excited to support you however possible, and to watch this project grow!

Best,
Adrian