Kickoff Wrapup Notes:
6pm at Uncubed
OpenBike as a platform has many opportunities and challenges ahead. After the kickoff event at Uncubed with CO CleanWeb, the roadmap for OpenBike has become more clear. The City of Denver has pledged their continued support of OpenBike and are willing to use their resources to put OpenBike in front of the community. Before OpenBike is heavily promoted, some challenges must first be overcome.
Since OpenBike was developed during the Code4Communities Civic Hackathon, not much effort has been put into the development of the product to make it useable for the community. Before it can be really useful, it must have good data that drives the route information for cyclists. Working with the Denver Region Council of Governments and Open Colorado, OpenBike will begin the process of adding additional bike route data for the Colorado Front Range. Development of the OpenBike platform is also continuing with support of PlaceMatters who will sponsor a code sprint to build out required features. Once the platform is at a minimum viable product, the next challenge becomes loading in crowdsourced bike rating data.
Many opportunities for marketing to the bike community were identified during the OpenBike kickoff event. Working with dedicated cyclists who have a passion for technology offers OpenBike the best chance at succeeding in building a platform that is easy to use and works well across a variety of devices from desktop computers to mobile phones. OpenBike still needs help finding technically proficient riders who don't mind providing feedback about the system and working around a buggy system while it's in active development. There are many challenges for OpenBike, but with the support of the community all can be overcome.