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Big Data & Biking: Bike Lane Uprising, a Cyclist-Led Civic Tech Platform

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1 W Monroe St

1 W Monroe St · Chicago, IL

How to find us

WeWork is located at 1 W Monroe St, across from CIBC Theater. Located off the Monroe-Red line and Monroe-Blue line stops. Ring the buzzer on the door that says "WeWork" on it, and from there take the elevator up to the 4th floor.

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Big Data, Civics and Biking? YES!

Join Chicago Women in Big Data on March 20 to learn about Bike Lane Uprising: a cyclist-led civic tech platform

Speaker and BLU Founder, Christina Whitehouse, will share her founder story, how it work and some visual examples of things they've been able to do with the data we're collecting.

Food, fun, networking, and opportunity to volunteer with Bike Lane Uprising and buy some sweet gear! And a big Chicago Women in Big Data announcement!

Directions & Agenda
Meetup at WeWork 1 W Monroe on March 20, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm.
530: Networking; Bike Lane sales/volunteer sign up
6pm: Christina talk
7pm: Q&A, Bike Lane Uprising sales/volunteer sign up; networking
730: over

Directions: We are located at 1 W Monroe St, right across from the CIBC Theater (where Hamilton is playing). Conveniently located off the Monroe-Red line and Monroe-Blue line stops. When your guests arrive at 1 W Monroe, they will ring the buzzer on the door that says "WeWork" on it, and from there they will take the elevator up to the 4th floor.

Overview of Bike Lane Uprising:
Bike Lane Uprising, is a cyclist-led civic tech platform. Our goal is to make cycling safer by making it easy to report bike lane obstructions. While many miles of bike lanes exist, they’re often blocked by vehicles that use them as free parking. By creating a central database of bike lane obstructions uploaded by members, we are able to highlight problem areas and trends surrounding bike lane violations. Bike Lane Uprising works with local organizations, city departments, and companies in an effort to prevent future bike lane obstructions. Cyclists from over 60 cities have also signed up and our work has gained local and national headlines.

After launching Bike Lane Uprising in Chicago, over 7,000 bike lane obstructions have been submitted to our database in just over a year. 6,000 of those were recorded in Chicagoland area alone. From these submissions, we’ve identified over 1,000 repeat bike lane obstructors. We’ve also reached out directly to many companies, including rideshare services, corporations, and even construction companies. Our communications have led to changes in city infrastructure, company policies, as well as driver education. Collectively, we have the tools to make cities safer for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.