Open Sidewalks

Open Sidewalks

Make pedestrian ways, particularly sidewalks, first class members of an open data transportation network. The OpenStreetMap (OSM) project has made available extensive, user-contributed open data on transportation networks, providing the basis for many use cases and downstream activities, including rich analytics, travel route optimization, city planning, and disaster relief. Sidewalks in the built environment have generally been treated an addendum to streets, failing to serve people with limited mobility.

Key findings

Tool type: Open-source data platform

Expertise needed: None


  • Street space allocation

Needs addressed:

  • Realizing the potential of tech
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Sustainability
  • Political will
  • Public investment
  • Private investment
  • Leadership
  • Understanding context
  • Designing
  • Engaging public input
  • Accessing real time data
  • Accessing data sets
  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Health impact analysis
  • Social impact analysis
  • Economic impact analysis
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