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Mayor Carlos Gimenez launches Velocia, a new app that rewards smart, multi-modal transit use at press conference in Miami, Florida on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
Barbara Walters lives in Boca Raton, works in sales and often travels to Miami-Dade for events or to meet friends.
Walters 75, said she’s proof that you don’t need a car to navigate South Florida.
Nearly two decades ago, Walters, who has also lived in Kendall and Homestead, ditched her car and began relying on a combination of public and private transportation.
She learned quickly that not being behind the wheel was good for her health, her pocketbook and the environment.
“I wouldn’t call myself a tree-hugger, but I wanted to do my part,” she said. “It’s a lot easier than you think.”
Miami-Dade County leaders are hoping others jump on the same bandwagon to help reduce the perpetual gridlock that plagues.
This week, Mayor Carlos Gimenez stood in Virgin MiamiCentral in downtown Miami to announce a new app, Velocia, which is meant to reward those who partake in carpools, use trains and buses or scooters and bicycles to get around. Even walking can translate into rewards. The app is the result of a partnership between Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works and Velocia.
David Winterstein, Velocia CEO, said the app creates an ecosystem of mobility by bringing together all the various modes of transportation in the county. So far, some of the partners include CitiBike, Getaround and Bolt. The idea is to continue to had partners and ultimately use the model in other citites.
“Incentives and rewards can change how people move around,” Winterstein said. “The ultimate goal is to reduce traffic and reduce carbon emissions.”
The concept is simple. If you leave your car at home and use the mobility app to track your means of transportation, you earn points, or Velos, which can be redeemed for more transportation. So take a bus and you can earn Velos to get an Uber or Lyft to your final destination.
Walters was one of the first to try out the new app as part of its August soft launch. Velocia, which can be downloaded on iPhone and Android, started with 2,000 beta users, and has increased to more than 5,500 by friend referrals and word of mouth. Walters said it’s become habit to track her transportation and it’s saved her “a lot of money,” and forces her to walk more.