The UF-City of Gainesville research project aims to produce risk index models not yet seen in the U.S. The goal: to create a replicable solution that will help communities better understand the risk profile of intersections and traffic patterns through automated detection of near miss events. This technological advancement is expected to impact decisions in smart city planning and safety as part of Gainesville’s Vision Zero strategy. Vision Zero is a multi-modal safety project that seeks to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries in high-risk intersections.
Becoming the New American City requires thinking beyond immediate impacts and making policy decisions that have future implications. In addition to its Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, Gainesville also aims to become a “zero-waste” community, supporting policies that reduce waste and require businesses and residents to rethink consumption and waste flows.
Gainesville’s forward-thinking spirit transcends traffic patterns and waste cycles; it can also be seen in its exploration of pioneering community health initiatives. Take for example the Community Resource Paramedic program, a trailblazer in community medicine. EMTs arriving on the scene now assess both medical conditions and the underlying social determinants that may be impacting health outcomes. By pairing residents-in-need with available community resources and services, this pilot project has successfully reduced 911 calls and hospital admissions for super-users of the emergency system. After just 6 months of being enrolled in the program, participants have reduced their hospital visits by an average of 28 percent.