Smart Apps for Smarter Travel – Crowd Sourcing

Last time we showed you some of the more interesting Cycling Apps we have come across and which are included in our Interactions Smart App Directory. The Atlantic Cities have recently launched their Crowd Sourcing AppMyCity! Prize celebrating mobile applications that improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, vibrant, and sustainable places.

Here are some other interesting Crowd Sourcing Apps that we found in our research:

Shareabouts is a Global mapping tool used to gather crowd sourced public input for collecting suggested locations and comments. It can be used for cities to crowd source bike share stations and gather input on way finding projects, or map dangerous intersections.

Slugging is a Crowd Sourcing informal carpool system where drivers pick up passengers at a common location. Social networking sites create a large number of small, virtual database full of ride requests, with no need for a central control system, a pre-existing schedule, or complex matching procedures. Used in Cities across the USA.

Walkonomics is a Global App aiming to rate the pedestrian-friendliness of every street in the world. By enabling ordinary people and local communities to add a rating of any street, a realistic walkability score will be created for each street. Where available, public datasets are also used to add ratings and provide more quantitative reviews. By harnessing the power of ‘crowd-sourcing’, social media and open data, Walkonomics aims to become a self-organising system where users correct any inaccuracies or errors in street reviews. In addition to this, Walkonomics also provides an interactive online space, where local people, government and business can suggest, discuss and create walkability improvements for our streets, neighbourhoods and cities.

SeeClickFix allows anyone to report and track non-emergency issues anywhere in the world via the internet. This empowers citizens, community groups, media organisations and governments to take care of and improve their neighbourhoods. Citizens who take the time to report even minor issues and see them fixed are likely to get more engaged in their local communities.

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