One day when I was stuck in traffic, I had a realization that nearly every single day the same cars are going to the same place at the same time. Every person tries to leave earlier to avoid the traffic, but in the end this ends up causing traffic at different times.
This began a thought process of how could we reduce the amount of cars on the road. I started out trying to come up with complex solutions that would take years and lots of money to complete, but after a few days of brainstorming, there was a realization that it was much more simple than I had thought it to be: develop a simple website to help link people from the same neighborhoods to just carpool.
There has never really been much work besides public transportation that have been able to even affect the amount of cars on the road, this is caused by not only enough space on public transportation, but it is cheaper for most people to take their own car by themselves. If we were to test a way to reduce the amount of the cars we would have to try in a small community and see what works and doesn’t work, but if we were attempting to change on a large scale for the our first test it would be difficult as well as hard to get a large amount of people to participate.
I know it seems simple, but the idea isn’t the complicated part. There are a few issues with it; one would be spreading the word to get more people to use it. Two, how could we incentivize people to carpool, when most people prefer to drive in their own cars. And three, it would still take some amount of money for people who would be driving.
A final estimate of how many cars would come and go off of the school campus was 1,250 cars in one day. After that, there was an average on how many miles people would drive to get to school, which came to around 26.2 miles. Then, after taking a number for the average carbon emissions of a car going that distance, then the estimate of the carbon emissions for Savannah Country Day School was 4.6 metric tons or carbon dioxide.
My “For Now” proposal
To test on a small community there would need to be incentives for people to even consider it, and it would require a community who is willing to make a change. Even though this is a simple solution, it is the most simple way that we could reduce the amount of cars on the road. And after debating and questioning other solutions I believe this one is the cheapest and has the most potential to be effective. If our school would be willing to try this on a small scale experiment for maybe a month, with only a certain amount of participants, it would incentivize others to partake in this possible solution.
Thank you for reading and I hoped you enjoyed my idea, please if you have any feedback for me, anyway to incentivise people or a way to make it more efficient, please let me know.