To Fix Its Streets, China Turns to the Crowd

As China goes car crazy, a new crowdsourcing website seeks to address the needs of Beijing's lowly pedestrians and bicyclists, reports Nate Berg.

Apparently Beijing still does care for its iconic bikes. Despite recent city-building efforts that have focused on "building the highways and roads of a thoroughly car-dependent society," a new crowdsourcing website developed by Beijing Transport Research Center and the World Bank, "seeks to tap into the wisdom of Chinese pedestrians and cyclists to identify areas in need of repair or improvement in Beijing," writes Berg. 

"It's a Chinese version of urban problem-spotting websites and apps such as SeeClickFix or FillThatHole. By making it easy for people to identify problems and notify officials, it's hoped that Beijing's website and mobile application will help make the infrastructure of the city work not just for its motorists, but for its still present pedestrians and bicyclists."

Full Story: China Crowdmaps Pedestrian and Cyclist Problem Areas

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