Say hello to our new co-habitators: David Moore and Noel Hidalgo

The OpenPlans office is one magical place, filled with designers, developers, map-makers, journalists, advocates and transportation nerds who have a strong leaning towards open data, livable cities, accountable government and healthy appreciation for maps. We open our doors and offer desk space to similarly minded folk to work from our office. 148 Lafayette St is the civic tech hotspot of NYC, Read more…

Using Technology to Target Cycling Investment

via Tri-State Transportation Campaign – A new tool—developed by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, Open Plans, and several South Jersey/Philadelphia-area planning and transit agencies—crowdsources bike infrastructure demand, giving area residents the ability to provide input on which subway, light rail, and commuter rail stations need better bicycle accommodations (crowdsourcing spreads data collection, or other tasks, out among Read more…

Street of Dreams: A fundraiser for Streetsblog and Streetfilms

What does your Street of Dreams looks like?  Are there children playing? Neighbors congregating? Is it car-free? Are there places to sit and amenities to enjoy? Is there dedicated space for transit? Is it paved with cobblestones? Is it lit by human-scaled light fixtures? Are there plenty of trees and flowers? No parked cars? Plenty of bike Read more…

Submit updates to OpenStreetMap

Did your bikeplanner.org trip not reflect the world as you know it? Since we launched  bikeplanner.org and cibi.me, users have alerted us to bike infrastructure that exists in the real world but isn't showing up on the map. They've noted locations where the map lacks on-street bike paths, trails and other features. OpenTripPlanner's routing engine is powerful and fast, but it Read more…

OpenPlans and MAS Community Board Symposium

On September 27th, OpenPlans and the Municipal Art Society hosted a symposium about NYC Community Boards and public engagement. The event included a presentation by Naama Lissar from OpenPlans, and a panel discussion exploring new ways for boards to engage their communities. This was an opportunity for boards to share best practices, learn from each other’s Read more…

OpenBag: David Trimble and the Red Hook Criterium

We had the pleasure of having David Trimble present at OpenBag. He talked about the Red Hook Criterium, and how he turned it into a Brooklyn’s biggest and highly anticipated bike race by racers and spectators alike. The Red Hook Crtierium began five years ago as an ad-hoc, unsanctioned bike race. The racers were friends and acquaintances. Publicity was Read more…