Re: [betaNYC] Support #VisionZero and demand for #VisionZeroData!

From: Noel Hidalgo | B.
Sent on: Friday, January 17, 2014 7:39 PM
Frank and community,

1. Feel free to comment on this google doc < https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PXneYwxsl6rP294HIWDDEckwf86dtTI9VJ07_jCkcfY/edit?usp=sharing >. 

Please feel free to leave a comment or reword that paragraph. Personally, I'm not sure how one could miss read the fact that we were hosting these events to improve "our City's infrastructure." 

2. Yes. I'd love to see a lighter weight petition. With Change.org, we're able to get a geo-graphic location and that is important to NYC's elected officials.

Thanks.



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On 17 January 2014 at 18:50:41, fkh ([address removed]) wrote:

This is great. 

Can I suggest changing the focus of the para that starts "Last year..." --- we should be making a case that's not about "our needs" but about the needs of residents and community organizations. Who cares that we had a hack night when people are dying, etc.

I know that data meeting our needs will allow us to meet community needs, but for the un-informed reader, it would be much stronger to put the community first. E.g. community organizations don't know which intersections are the most dangerous, don't know trends in traffic crashes, can't evaluate whether NYPD moving violations are addressing pressing local challenges. For all those challenges and more, volunteer software developers are standing by to make a difference.

On a related note, what about cloning Let Todd Work for "Techs in support of #visionzero"? It would get some coverage and hopefully lots of sign ups.


On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM, Noel Hidalgo | CfA <[address removed]> wrote:
Friends,

In light of Mayor de Blasio's new Vision Zero working group, we are petitioning the Mayor to improve NYPD's crash and moving violations data practices.

This is a critical time to influence the Mayor on open data opportunities and partnerships with NYC's tech community.

If you agree, please sign the petition: http://chn.ge/1cCA8NF

Then, share the petition:

-=-=-=- Facebookable -=-=-=- 

Sign the Petition! - Mayor Bill de Blasio: NYC Tech supports #VisionZero and needs better NYPD data. - #VisionZeroData

Please join this campaign: http://chn.ge/1cCA8NF


-=-=-=- Tweetable -=-=-=- 

PLS RT: @BilldeBlasio I’m ready 4 #VisionZero! Help us get better data from @NYPDnews / #VisionZeroData. #NYCOpenData chn.ge/1cCyQ5h


-=-=-=- The petition -=-=-=- 

Subject: NYC Tech supports #VisionZero and needs better NYPD data

Dear Mayor de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, and Commissioner Trottenberg,

On January[masked], Mayor de Blasio announced an interagency working group to implement 'Vision Zero,' a traffic safety plan that combines education, smarter streets, and strong enforcement to reduce dangerous and illegal behavior on our streets. Vision Zero has the potential to prevent pedestrian fatalities and protect all New Yorkers. The New York City technology community supports Vision Zero and call on this working group to improve already publicly available data. 

We are optimistic for New York to be paved with safe, complete, and smart streets. We come to you as a partner. To achieve Vision Zero we both need clean data to make improvements. Through better data us, the NYC Technology Community, will be empowered to create useful apps and maps. Then, we can share these tools and empower others to make safer decisions. You can count on the New York City technology community to be a partner in achieving Vision Zero.

Last year, we started an evening series to improve our city’s bike infrastructure. At these hacknights, we have had great difficulty working with NYPD’s crash data, and found the NYPD’s moving violations data to be unusable for our needs. 

Frustrated, we testified in front of City Council’s Transportation Committee about how the NYPD’s current data practices prevent us from building better tools and having a deeper understanding of the city’s streets. We desperately want to build better tools. We want to make it easier for everyone to travel around the city, but without better data, we cannot accomplish these goals. The public needs better data.

In order to enable New York City’s technology community to help you achieve Vision Zero and make the streets safer for all, we need two very important things:

1. We need the NYPD to improve its data collecting and sharing practices. 
The NYPD should publish crash data and moving summons data in a machine readable format, as required by Local Law 11 of 2012, the City’s open data law. The NYPD should improve its data collection and publishing practices by incorporating useful time, date, and location information, as well as “reasons for” and/or “causes” of a crash. The NYPD should initially release all available data in its entirety, followed by frequent and real time updates to maximize the data's usefulness. 

2. Meet with NYC’s civic hackers. 
Representatives from the NYC's Technology Community want to meet with the NYPD’s and NYC DOT’s data maintainers. We want to discuss best practices for data sharing, and explore opportunities for future collaboration. Working together, we can create better technological tools that, in turn, will help us create a safer city.

Vision Zero is a historic effort that has the potential to radically create safer, smarter streets, and complete streets for all. NYC’s technology community is here to build tools and opportunity for all. We too want a city that is safe, transparent, and collaborative. We, therefore, urge the Mayor to help us help our City by improving the NYPD's data collection and publishing practices.

Thank you,
New York City’s Technology Community





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