Street Story: A Platform for Community Engagement

Street Story is a community engagement tool that allows residents, community groups and agencies to collect information about transportation collisions, near-misses, general hazards and safe locations to travel. The platform and the information collected is free to use and publicly accessible. The tool was created by a team of city planners, public health professionals, engineers, social welfare experts and computer scientists at UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC).

 Street Story Map

Street Story includes a survey about roadway experiences and a publicly available dataset of community input with maps and tables that can be downloaded. The platform allows the public to share information about crashes or near-misses they have been in, and places they feel safe or unsafe traveling through.

Once a report has been made, the information is publicly accessible, and community groups and agencies can use this information as a part of community needs assessments or transportation safety planning efforts.

Visit Street Story at: https://streetstory.berkeley.edu/

News

We’re excited to report that Street Story will be available for use in any city or county in California on October 17th, 2018! If you are interested in learning how your own community can use Street Story, please contact katembeck@berkeley.edu.

Contact

If you are interested in learning more about the Street Story project and opportunities for collaboration, please contact: Kate Beck at katembeck@berkeley.edu.

Street Story FAQ

What is Street Story?

Street Story is a community engagement tool where individuals can anonymously report collisions, near-misses and general safety issues. Community organizations and agencies can use the tool for pedestrian and bicycle safety advocacy, outreach, planning and evaluation. 

Street Story is not a substitute for reporting collisions to the police.

Why Street Story?

Stories can provide rich and important information about transportation safety issues that we may not be able to learn about from traditional data sources.

Street Story allows individuals to record narratives, geographical and categorical information about their transportation experiences, and then stores this information in publicly accessible maps and tables. Entries can be easily recorded and shared with community partners.

How was Street Story created?

SafeTREC staff recognized that individuals have a wealth of information about transportation safety. Street Story is designed to help residents, community groups and agencies record and understand this kind of information. Street Story was created with significant input from members of the public, community organizations, city and county agencies, and industry experts.

How will the information be used?

The information collected on Street Story is publicly accessible, and is designed to be used in transportation safety needs assessments, program development, grant writing, planning efforts, evaluations, etc.

Is Street Story available in multiple languages?

As of now, the online version of Street Story is only available in English. A paper version of Street Story is available in Spanish. Over the next year, we hope to create a Spanish, online version of Street Story.

How can I get involved?

For more information about how to use Street Story, check out our Street Story Starter Kit, or email katembeck@berkeley.edu.

What’s next?

Now that Street Story is available to the public, the Street Story team is working to make sure the platform is useful for communities in California. For more information, please sign up for our newsletter or email katembeck@berkeley.edu.

Research and Publications

The following publications describe research conducted by SafeTREC and partners on crowdsourced data:

UC Berkeley's Center for Technology, Society & Policy funded research conducted by SafeTREC researchers Aditya Medury, Kate Beck and Jesus Barajas on Race and Income Disparities in Crowdsourced Traffic Safety in 2017.

Crashes on and Near College Campuses: A Comparative Analysis of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Aditya Medury, Camille Fink, Offer Grembek, Kevan Shafizadeh, Norman Wong, & Phyllis Orrick. Journal of the American Planning Association Vol. 80, Iss. 3, 2014.

Investigating the underreporting of pedestrian and bicycle safety crashes in and around university campuses-a crowdsourcing approach. Aditya Medury, Offer Grembek, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, & Kevan Shafizadeh. Accident Analysis and Prevention (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2017.08.014.

 

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.