Fox River Trail Connections

Collecting bike trail feedback

With a new template, we’re helping collect feedback about favorable and unfavorable biking conditions.

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is doing a feasibility study for a new bike trail in northeastern Illinois. The study will identify potential routes, and after analysis recommend the appropriate type of bicycle facility. Check out the project at

To inform the study, cyclists can use an OpenPlans map to provide four types of input – favorite destinations, desirable and undesirable bike routes, and difficult crossings. Our new bike trail plan template also includes questions about home municipality and other demographic info, to help the planners know who is engaging. As input comes in, the project team can explore all shared locations and comments via their dashboard. And like all OpenPlans maps, the site works great on desktop or mobile.

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How Shareabouts supports Participatory Budgeting in NYC

Shareabouts enables communities to come together and share ideas about the places they know. Participatory budgeting is an empowering process that taps community knowledge to identify and fund projects to make neighborhoods stronger. This fall, NYC residents in 23 districts can use Shareabouts to propose projects, via Idea gathering also happens at neighborhood assemblies, with lots Read more…

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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…


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.