Shareabouts in action: finding unsafe intersections in Brooklyn, NY

Make Lafayette Avenue Safer is expanding its successful Fort Greene campaign to other parts of Brooklyn. Their Shareabouts map will document intersections that make your walking and biking trip better or worse. All comments gathered on the map will be coordinated for Community Boards, local elected officials, and police precincts, to make positive changes and to make Read more…

Shareabouts in action: mapping historic assets in Louisville, KY

The University of Louisville's Urban Design Studio and the non-profit City Collaborative are mapping buildings, places, and heritage resources in Louisville that the community values as historic and worth saving, to initiate a public discussion about preservation. Add your favorite Louisville historic site to the map at historiclouisville.shareabouts.org. Check out this great tutorial from the Urban Design Studio: On Shareabouts Read more…

Hacks for Democracy

The aim of the The Hacks for Democracy hackathon was build tools to increase the numbers of citizens participating in democracy by making registering to vote, finding polling place and actually voting easier and more convenient. Our own Aaron and Mjmube, working on seperate teams, developed VoterID.me and Electory.org. Democracy is not inevitable or a given; it must be Read more…

Shareabouts in action: surveying biking to transit, Philadelphia, PA

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, SEPTA, NJ Transit, PATCO, and DVRPC are collaborating to determine how transit stations can better accommodate bicyclists. Using Shareabouts, the Coalition is finding out where demand for better bicycle facilities is greatest. If you’re a Philly biker, have your say here: biketotransit.shareabouts.org Check out this blog post from the Bicycle Coalition to read more about Read more…

Shareabouts in action: suggesting neighborhood improvements in Queens, NY

The Jackson Heights Beautification Group is collecting input about local problems and ideas for new projects in the neighborhood, at jacksonheights.shareabouts.org. Residents can map tree care and green spaces opportunities, transportation needs, places for sitting, traffic sites, volunteer opportunities, ideas for art projects and more. On Shareabouts Day, the OpenPlans team worked with five community organizations to set Read more…

OpenBag: Kelly Donohue – Woman on Transit

Transit systems are mirrors of the  cities they serve. How? Well take (metaphorically or physcially) the Subway in New York – they’re kinda clean, kinda dirty, diverse, mostly on time, aggressive, and have a lot of character.  San Francisco’s BART is clean, well let, seemingly well maintained and a little funky. Kelly Donohue spent several Read more…