Would You Like to Help Revive Our Cycle Collision Tracker?

We’re postponing this until further notice just to be on the safe side. We will reschedule though, when appropriate, so do still get in touch in you are interested in coming along when we do.

Quite often, people ask what’s become of our cycle collision tracker tool.

In October 2015, we launched a project asking people to mark collisions they have had while cycling in the city on a map, with details of what happened – which allowed us to hone in on unsafe junctions, or infrastructure, in stories like these.

Over time, our overall workload at the newspaper grew. The project is still active. But we’ve failed to properly keep it up, to be honest.

But we think it might still be a worthwhile tool for the city. (We’re conscious that Noteworthy has a project around collisions and official data, but it’s a bit different.) So, we’d like to spin off the project, to make it fully citizen-run – and if your ears have pricked up, we’d love your help.

We know that among our readers in the city there are people with the interest and skills to handle this just as well themselves – data-privacy experts and coders, transport enthusiasts, interested cyclists, and pedestrians too.

We know also that people might have loads of ideas as to how it could be done better, what would be worthwhile collecting as data, making sure any project is fully compliant with data-privacy laws, and so on.

We can help coordinate, and get it back up and running and more active. But by spinning it off, it means it keeps going and it frees up a bit of time for us to begin new projects – which then, we could spin off again in the future, if there are people interested in taking those on.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love it if you’d join us for a workshop to talk about this, brainstorm ideas, create a team – and work out concrete next steps to push forward with and make it happen. All are welcome.

Date: Wednesday 18 March

Time: 6.30pm to 8pm

Where: The Circular, 538 South Circular Road, Dublin 8

Please RSVP: To help us keep track of numbers and better plan the event, it would be great if you could email us at info@dublininquirer.com, to let us know: 1) that you intend to come along; and 2) if you have a special skill, i.e. data expert, coder, researcher, good manager, and so on.

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Lois Kapila: Lois Kapila is Dublin Inquirer's editor and general assignment reporter. She covers housing and land, too. Want to share a comment or a tip? You can reach her at lois@dublininquirer.com.

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