Thursday, March 06, 2014

Mapping Local Democracy

The CityConnect cycle-way will connect the cities of Bradford and Leeds in the UK. The CityConnect map not only shows the route of the cycle-way but also allows the public to comment on the proposal and add suggestions to the map.

A map of the route is the perfect platform to solicit the views of residents to the proposed cycle-way. Users can click anywhere on the map and leave comments. Other residents can then vote on the comments and add their own views.

When users add a marker to the map they can indicate whether they are a resident, a car driver, a pedestrian or a cyclist. The comments so far include suggestions about how the new cycle-way could connect to existing cycle paths, indications of where dangerous junctions need to be considered and the concerns of local residents to the disruption caused by possible traffic congestion.

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