Between traffic congestion, hurried pedestrians, and natural wear and tear, major cities are plagued with numerous road safety issues. To spur dialog about these issues, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and OpenGov Hub will be hosting a Vision Zero hackathon in Washington D.C. on February 13.

DDOT is releasing geospatial datasets for the hackathon related to crashes, moving violations, and parking violations. At Mapillary, we want to augment this type of data by providing photos of D.C. streets and extracting relevant information (e.g. street signs, streetlights, and traffic signals) for participants to use in their hacks.

Want to get involved? If you live in the D.C. area, here’s how you can help:

  • Get out there and capture your commute, your bike routes, and your favorite streets. Looks like we’re heading into a fine weekend for taking photos!
  • Sign up for the hackathon and work with other civic hackers to make use of Mapillary images and data

For inspiration, here are some awesome views from Mapillary commuters and cyclists around the world:

Baltimore Baltimore, MD by tallguy

Brooklyn Brooklyn, NY by riordan

Santiago Santiago, Brazil by tiagofassoni

Pyongyang Pyongyang, North Korea, by cut

Java Java Island, Indonesia by roadroid

Dar Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by beata1

If you need even more encouragement, drop us a line and we’ll mail you a car or bike mount for your phone. For tips on how to make the most out of Mapillary, check out our user guide for taking photos with our mobile app or try our new GoPro app. Tweet #VisionZero if your photos on Mapillary get used in a hack -- or if your hack uses Mapillary photos (try this!) -- so we can showcase your contribution to eliminating transportation-related fatalities.

Don’t live in DC but want to see efforts like this in your city? Shoot us an email. Let’s get it started.

/janine

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