Pedestrian deaths are heartbreaking — and avoidable. Last week, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer made safer streets a priority issue, asking community boards to identify the worst locations for pedestrians in each district. We want to see residents given a greater voice in this process, through their community board.
Online crowdsourcing maps with Shareabouts are the best tool to engage residents in identifying problematic locations. Each board can have its own map, open for anyone to identify intersections where they feel unsafe or see others at risk. Residents can explore locations added by their neighbors, and use the site to leave comments and additional information. →
2014 is going to be a busy year for OpenPlans, as we turn Plan In A Box from a good idea into a great tool. To keep us producing high-quality software, we’re taking the important step of making someone responsible for thinking through our tech choices and improving how we do projects. I’m delighted to announce that Aaron is stepping up to become OpenPlans’ CTO. →
Heading to APA New Jersey? Be sure to catch Frank talking about Shareabouts, Plan In A Box and other public input tools, Friday 1/24 at 9:30am.
Excited about Hatch? Want to know if Hatch is the right public input tool for your project? Wondering about the history and motivations of the Hatch project? Join us for Google Hangouts on Tuesday 1/21 and Wednesday 1/22.
Are you using Shareabouts for your local projects? Need some help getting started? Come to our community Shareabouts clinic. The next Shareabouts evening will be Wednesday March 5th, at the BetaNYC hacknight. See you there!
OpenPlans and friends are convening the third annual TransportationCamp DC on January 11, 2014, at George Mason University’s Arlington campus. If you haven’t already signed up, you are very welcome. We’re reaching out to leaders and thinkers in the transportation and technology field, and asking them about what is interesting and important in the field right now. I spoke with Read more…
Meet Hatch, a civic engagement tool we’ve been working on with Living Cities. Hatch helps Twitter users come together and exchange ideas, and for others to follow and engage with the conversations.
“Technology has huge impacts on the ability for people to walk, and I think it’s also become a huge motivation. There’s a great number of people who are using technology to track their physical activity, to track their walking steps. A lot of times, that’s related to just getting out and going for a pleasure walk, but that’s also completely compatible with transportation walking.”
“We’re interested in it in a very specific case, which is modeling of transportation outcomes, but there’s lots of other ways in which the data is being used. We’re starting to see examples where governments‑‑like, for example in Brazil‑‑recently passed laws that actually require these data products to be created as part of service delivery by private operators that are operating franchise service. That allows them to have an oversight mechanism into what’s going on, in terms of performance review and keeping track of things; it’s leveraging a standard.”
“This idea that we could enable an environment of creativity and experimentation and innovation on an unprecedented scale because whatever experiments people do there’ll be data that comes out of it that we can use to hold those experiments accountable. Switch the regulatory model from what we’ve been calling the 1.0 model–where you have to decide something up front, whether it’s a good or a bad idea, but you don’t really have any data or have a small amount of data–to a 2.0 model, where we don’t need to make as many determinations up front. We’ll have tons and tons of data coming out afterwards. That’s a really different model.”