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 in October 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

Why Street Story?
Street Story is a community engagement tool where individuals can anonymously report collisions, near-misses and general safety issues to help community organizations and agencies in pedestrian and bicycle safety advocacy and planning.  Street Story can also be used as an evaluation tool.  

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

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.

What will we do with the data collected?
The information collected on Street Story is publicly accessible, and is designed to be used by community groups and agencies as a way to get input on safety issues and concerns.

How can I get involved?
Street Story is currently being piloted and will be widely available for California in Fall 2018. 

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.