Safe Streets volunteers are helping their local public works departments identify and fix key safety issues on streets, sidewalks, and paths. In order to address safety issues systematically, volunteers conduct what we call a "Street and Sidewalk Safety Inventory," where they document safety issues using a simple inventory sheet and then enter them into an online system called SeeClickFix.com. This system organizes the reports into categories, and Local Motion then forwards them to the appropriate public works department for follow-up.
There are three criteria that define the kinds of issues we're looking to inventory:
- The issue must be in the public right of way. That is, a safety issue that is in a parking lot somewhere doesn't count (unless it's a municipal lot). It has to be something that Public Works is directly responsible for.
- The issue must present a significant hazard for people on bike and on foot. This has two parts. First, our focus is strictly on bike-ped safety issues, so don't report anything that is only relevant for cars. Second, we don't want to clog up Public Works' system with every little thing out there that needs fixing, so only report something if it truly constitutes a safety hazard.
- The issue has to be a maintenance task, not a capital project. Big projects are important, but they aren't the focus of this initiative. If it's something that DPW would need to budget and plan for as a stand-alone improvement, don't log it in SeeClickFix.
We piloted the Street and Sidewalk Safety Inventory in South Burlington in fall 2011. We will roll out the project on a much larger scale in spring 2012. Sign up to inventory safety issues in your community today! Local Motion staff will contact you once the weather warms up with details about getting involved.
Contact Jason Van Driesche at
or 861-2700 x109 with questions.