Kickstarter update: 10/29/12

We've been working on the OpenTripPlanner for iPhone for 6 weeks, and are just 1 week away from getting the beta into the hands of selected beta testers. The journey, as planned, is almost at its final leg. Here's what we've been working on since our last update. Our frontend team: + created graphics, icons Read more…

Visualizing transit accessibility, minute by minute

OpenTripPlanner Analyst turns the multi-modal power of OpenTripPlanner into an analytical toolbox for exploring accessibility. If you missed it, here's an excellent primer from Andrew Byrd about the capabilities and future potential of this tool. And fresh from the lab, here's the first-cut of an animation of accessibility in the New York City area:

from Design Envy: MTA Bus Time

But New York has five boroughs, and the subway only goes to four of them. Now Staten Islanders can get their blood pressure lowered, too, thanks to MTA Bus Time—brought to my attention by Cat, one of our designers (and a Staten Islander herself). Bus Time uses GPS data to let you know how far away the next bus is whether you Read more…

Frank Hebbert at the Metropolitan Planning Council discussion in Chicago

Frank Hebbert and Streetsblogs' Ben Fried spoke at the Metropolitian Planning Council roundtable discussion on technology's role in community planning and citizen engagement. At question was how new technologies will enrich the planning process, make it more transparent and improve participation, both in number of citizens involved and the quality of interaction. Frank sums it up: “It’s Read more…

Going to #APA2013? Vote up our panel!

Coming to the American Planning Association 2013 conference in Chicago? Vote up our panel about civic hacking and urban planning! Aaron Ogle will be on stage with a great line up — Jason Lally from PlaceMatters (@synchronouscity), Kevin Curry from Code for America (@kmcurry), Derek Eder from Open City Apps (@derek_eder), and Alicia Rouault from Code for America Read more…

Starting With a Single Street, an Effort to Make an Entire Borough Safer

Over the summer, Cohen applied for Make Brooklyn Safer to be a demonstration project of Shareabouts, a mapping tool of OpenPlans (the parent organization of Streetsblog). An earlier version of the Shareabouts software was used to solicit suggestions for bike-share station locations in New York. “We wanted to showcase the tool,” said Naama Lissar of Read more…