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The OpenPlans way

Chicago DOT recently launched a new bike parking requests website, using Shareabouts. It’s a neat project, and bike parking requests are flooding in. Beyond being a neat example of responsive government, the project is also a great case study for how we work at OpenPlans. Here’s why: Shareabouts is an open source software project. That Read more…

How to write about your planning project, part 2: getting involved

We’re seeing some great project websites being created on To help you create better pages, we’re sharing tips and tricks here on our blog. Drop us a line anytime with questions, or head over to our community pages to share ideas and projects with other OpenPlans users. In Part 1, I talked about shaping your project description – Read more…


What are your concerns about street safety?

redlightspeedingNYC DOT is encouraging New Yorkers to make comments on street safety issues on the Vision Zero interactive map, by July 31.

The map, built with OpenPlans’ Shareabouts tool, has garnered 5,900 suggestions and 7,500 comments on locations in all five boroughs. After July 31, residents will no longer be able to add new feedback, but the site will remain online as part of the city’s Vision Zero portal. NYC DOT will be analyzing the comments for inclusion in its project planning over the next several years.