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Stewarding Pittsburgh's Bike lane and Street infrastructure using open source technology and Ground Truthed data.

SQUID bike with Open Street Cam can empower Pittsburgh enter a bold new paradigm of proactive street maintenance and offer smoother rides!

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Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Pittsburgh's DOMI or the agency in charge of maintaining bike lanes.

Alternatively, like New York City's Straphangers, a civic advocacy group can take on the responsibility of generating citywide Ground Truth bike lane data to engage DOMI in adopting a proactive bike lane maintenance.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Applied Research in Government Operations (ARGO) is a startup nonprofit that builds, operates, and maintains pioneering data infrastructure to transform how water reliability, street quality, and other core public services are delivered.

We are a team of public technologists on a mission to empower cities deliver common-sense digital solutions and do more with less.

ARGO currently stewards a water data infrastructure that encompasses close to a million households in California.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $50,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

1. Organize team of bike lane digital surveyors.
2. Provide them with adequate bike mounts
3. Show them how to collect data using Open Street Cam.
4. The data is automatically streamed to the cloud.
5. ARGO's Kraken Data Platform will be deployed to parse the collected imagery and ride quality data.
6. An interactive dashboard and reports of Pittsburgh's bike lane conditions will be published showing the quality of all bike lanes and where to prioritize maintenance.
7. Repeat process every 4 months to identify infrastructure degradation trends to start proactive maintenance.
8. Within the year, Pittsburgh will be amongst the first cities in the world to adopt a proactive and anticipatory citywide bike lane maintenance strategy using open source technology and ground truth data.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Collecting ground truth data for all the city's bike lane is a key goal. Once that is performed, our readymade data workflow will be deployed to publish Pittsburgh's first citywide bike lane quality map.

Simply having a 1-time map is not enough though. Our stretch goal involves repeating the ground truth citywide digital survey every quarter to identify trends and finally empower DOMI to ACT on that data. Achieving this milestone would represent the full potential of the approach and let Pittsburgh be better stewards of local infrastructure.

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Varun, thanks for the proposal and all of the visuals!