What’s next for OpenPlans in 2015

For over ten years, OpenPlans has been an amazing incubator of people, ideas and projects. Maintaining our deeply-held belief in better cities thanks to technology and participation, we’ve built impactful, well-crafted software – with occasional organizational refreshes along the way. And now it’s time for another. Hold onto your hats! Recently we’ve focused on the challenges of public involvement Read more…

Exploring digital engagement as a mindset

During my fall fellowship at OpenPlans, I spent time exploring many different tools for digital engagement. Today’s my last day, so I want to share some thoughts about what the planner’s toolbox will look like in the future. Choosing from a rich selection of great online tools, planners will be able to pick the right tool from their toolbox for the Read more…

Happy GeoWeek

#GeoWeek is a celebration of all things geographic, promoted by the National Geographic Society. If your celebrations this week tend towards working on an open source geo application, check out Shareabouts. We’re always happy to help new contributors get started over at community.openplans.org, and we have a long list of potential new features. GeoWeek or Read more…

Fox River Trail Connections

Collecting bike trail feedback

With a new template, we’re helping collect feedback about favorable and unfavorable biking conditions.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is doing a feasibility study for a new bike trail in northeastern Illinois. The study will identify potential routes, and after analysis recommend the appropriate type of bicycle facility. Check out the project at foxrivertrailconnections.org.

To inform the study, cyclists can use an OpenPlans map to provide four types of input – favorite destinations, desirable and undesirable bike routes, and difficult crossings. Our new bike trail plan template also includes questions about home municipality and other demographic info, to help the planners know who is engaging. As input comes in, the project team can explore all shared locations and comments via their dashboard. And like all OpenPlans maps, the site works great on desktop or mobile.

Table view is here!

Hot on the heels of our new dashboard, we’re introducing a new table view. Find table view on your Plans page, via the Dashboard link.

Everything contributed on your map is here, making it easy to see what people are adding. You can see places and comments, in a searchable, sortable view. Want to moderate a comment or submitted place? Uncheck the visibility box to hide it. For more intensive data work, click to download your data for offline analysis.