Parent Supports@100%: Innovation 8
Supporting Cities and Counties
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Parent Supports.8.1
Project 1: The “research what cities and counties can do to increase food security” project
Parent support is about more than just workshops and visits by caring professionals. It’s about having a wide range of services to make parenting easier. Does the public transport system accommodate baby strollers or car seats? Are there sidewalks for safe walking and strollering? Are there bike lanes for parents with kids on wheels? Are there easy-to-access restrooms (with changing tables) in city and town centers for parents and families? Can you stroll to a kiosk in front of city hall or a business downtown, as they do in NYC, to get directed to every local family-friendly service? The answers to these questions may end up on your to-do list.
Of course, as long as we’re making the world excellent for parents, it’s worth noting that lots of youth and child-free adults like those options for transportation and recreation alike. The more your city has sidewalks, bike lanes, multi-use trails, well-enforced speed limits and roads designed in such a way as to encourage slower speeds, the more likely you’ll be to see families, and all sorts of people, getting around without a car (https://aae.how/40). Some cities, especially on the East Coast, are already pretty close to this. But often Western cities, particularly those developed after the popularization of the car, will need to retrofit these features into their current urban landscape and, as a bonus, make sure they come standard in any new developments.