MiamiBikeReport.com is a new, fully-interactive website for the Greater Miami community that makes bicycling that much funner, easier, better. Started by Eddy, an active member of our local bicycling community and a Bike Coalition member, the website makes it easy to report any challenges to your bike ride: crap or cars in the Bike Lane, collisions, police targeting cyclists, harassment and much more. MiamiBikeReport has the potential to be a huge resource for you, us, city planners, law enforcement, social equity groups and policymakers.
The #MiamiBikeReport is like a bicycle – it only works if you keep it moving.
We need to make sure people who ride – all over Miami, speaking both English and Spanish – are using the site for it to really work for us. The South Florida Bike Coalition will be working with Eddy to promote this website through flyers, neighborhood groups and even law enforcement. If you can help, let us know! (SFBikeCoalition@yahoo.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org)
So, how easy is it to report?
We ask those of you who are internet savvy to go here: http://corker.miamibikereport.com/reports/submit, but unlike other projects that have tried to do this before (shout out to our colleagues at TransitMiami.com) this program is not only more comprehensive, it allows anyone to report anything related to a bike ride in several easy ways:
- Text the type of incident, location, time to 786-250-2453(BIKE)
- Drop an email with the same to email@example.com
- Tweet with the hashtags #bikereport or #miamibikereport
- Submit this easy online form.
Yes – we need this in Broward, in Palm Beach, Martin & St. Lucie. We need this everywhere! This is Eddy’s masterwork but if you would like to make this happen outside of Miami, he will share with you what he has learned and the Bike Coalition will help you, too, to make this possible in your own ‘hood. It requires an exceptional dedication to your community and passion for bicycling, some computer savvy and lots and lots of time (at least to start). If you’ve got a little less of any of these, you can still help grow MiamiBikeReport to the north by helping us make it a success in Miami, first. (Let the GrantWriting begin!)
Feeling inspired to bring this to your city now? Consider reaching out to your mayor and getting him or her to apply for the Smarter Cities Challenge by December 31! Details at Miami Bike Scene [http://miamibikescene.blogspot.com/2010/12/smarter-cities-challenge.html] (but any Mayor/City can apply.)