OpenPlans featured in Forefront

As it did with the Vision Zero initiative, OpenPlans has collaborated with cities to develop software tools that allow them to gather public input in a way that meets their needs. New York has also used the tool to ask citizens how to spend $1 million, Chicago has employed it to identify where to place new bike racks, and Miami used it to gather ideas for how the city could improve public spaces. Everything that OpenPlans builds is open-source and freely available for communities to use without their assistance, assuming that the locality has the technical capability to do so.

Read about our Vision Zero collaboration with NYC DOT in Forefront from Next City, plus some mentions of our survey tools work with Conveyal.


Meet our new street safety map

We just launched a new map template for OpenPlans: street safety. Based on the input categories used by NYCDOT for Vision Zero, this map helps you collect input on common street safety issues from people who know the streets best. Gather useful data, and engage communities as participants in guiding plans.

Making a new project in OpenPlans

Start collecting community input in minutes with new OpenPlans maps

Our community input maps have helped thousands of people give input about the streets they know and use everyday. Now, we’re making those maps really easy to set up. With a few clicks, you can use OpenPlans to create a plan with one of our high-quality, proven map templates. Start collecting input on bike share locations, street safety, neighborhood issues, and Read more…

Map showing an idea submitted in NYC

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…


#PWPB, let’s talk engagement for walking, biking, and great places

Chat with OpenPlans at at Pro Walk Pro Bike in Pittsburgh this week – Frank will be holding down the OpenPlans table in the exhibit hall, so stop by to chat about using OpenPlans and Shareabouts for effective community engagement, and open source tech tools for planning.

Come to one of these sessions for a deeper dive:

Wednesday, 10am – Expanding the Toolbox: Using Online Tools to Support Placemaking. Hear about building an engaged constituency in support of streetscape projects, by keeping communities informed throughout public input through to implementation. In Room 304.

Wednesday 1:15pm – Shareabouts: Using Online Crowdsourcing Maps. In Room 305. Come to the peer problem solving session, for a conversation about using online maps to tap into community wisdom and get people engaged. Shareabouts maps can be used for data collection about existing conditions and community desires. Frank will chat through examples where Shareabouts works well, and how to get the most out of a map.

Next For Me: Better Cities Through Public Service

I have two long-held beliefs: that cities are the key to solving some of society’s most difficult challenges, and that one’s vocation is often the most effective mechanism by which a person can build for a better world. I have been most fortunate to integrate these beliefs through my work with many forward-thinking, outward-looking organizations Read more…