The Vélos en Ville Collective has been recognized by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Open Competition (Concours regional Open PACA), hosted by the administrative center of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. This competition is a continuation of the collaborative process of opening public data, with the objective of supporting innovative projects and promoting the emergence of new concepts and services using open data.
Vélos en Ville collective competed with an application prototype named OSSCACIM. OSSCACIM, which stands for Open Source Solution for Cyclists, Advocacy and Cycling Infrastructure Management, is an innovative collaborative software tool based on participatory democracy and illustrated on a map accessible on the Internet.
Firstly, it aims to inform cyclists of infrastructure developments related to the practice of cycling, but also to engage them as citizens. It also aims to help associations evaluate cycling policies enacted in their territories. Finally, OSSCACIM can assist developers and city planners during the decision-making process concerning the realization of future cycling developments or monitoring existing infrastructure.
This solution provides the opportunity to visualize all infrastructure related to cycling, including more complicated objects like traffic centers, public transport lines, and maps of green transportation modes.
The tool also allows all citizens to develop proposals. Therefore, it's possible to propose new cycling routes on the map—all without the creation of a user account.
The collected data will be available for processing by a civic association, a consulting firm, or by the technical services of a local government. A new map illustrating user experience can be generated to support developers during the design of public spaces.
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Original article, originally published in French here.
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