Transportation/SRTS

Mappler Technology and Transportation Assessment:

Interactive mapping is a powerful and effective way to display data in a visually understood, navigable format. Mappler Mobile, a mobile/Smartphone application used for field data collection, makes collecting field data and uploading information real-time directly from your mobile device to a web-based map site simple and rapid. The field of transportation encompasses a variety of entities, assets, planning processes, and needs. The customizability of Mappler and Mappler Mobile technology makes managing, surveying, and collecting field-data relative to transportation efficient. Mobile/Smartphone application development for field data collection has proven effective as a means of gathering and disseminating information to assess the present, while providing a means to quickly identify and to understand the needs of the future.

Examples of transportation-related consulting projects that we have piloted include:

Emergency preparedness is vital for any densely populated urban community, especially New York City. In order to address emergency preparedness, VERTICES developed an emergency preparedness map that indicates ferry stations, hurricane evacuation sites, transportation routes and stations, and civic centers (i.e. schools, health care facilities, fire stations, police stations, and other community centers) used for evacuation purposes among other relevant and important points and locations throughout the city. This map can be used by city officials and community members to analyze how prepared the city is, areas where the city is lacking in facilities and evacuation sites and plans, as well as transportation stations and routes that are vital for evacuation purposes but need to be updated or restored.

Mappler Technology and Safe Routes to School:

Mappler and Mappler Mobile technology supplements the Safe Routes to School programs by allowing users to handle information easily and consistently and to display the results in an accessible and easily understood way. Community Mapping adds an interactive dimension to Safe Routes to School that takes your fieldwork to the next level. Customizable surveys allow users to capture targeted features and upload their data to a map that displays local conditions After this process is complete, students and residents can click on a point on the map to view data and photos from that site.

Why Community Mapping Enhances SRTS:

  • The Smartphone app creates a simple data-entry process and an organized database which can be created on-site during the event
  • The automatically generated charts and graphs remove the necessity for have any previous experience in data analysis in order to interpret the results- they interpret themselves!
  • Its web-based accessibility allows it to continually incite enthusiasm and concern without consistent marketing
  • Presents the observations in a neatly listed format
  • Requires only a quick demonstration, after which anyone can use it to create a database of information regarding local concerns

How kids can benefit from Community Mapping:

  • The Smartphone app requires only clicking the option from a list that matches your observations, making it simple enough to be used and understood by all age groups
  • The map makes their efforts more credible and easily recognized, which fosters a sense of pride in their community
  •  It also serves as a concrete manifestation of their participation and concern, encouraging future community involvement
  • They are taught a valuable technical skill that can be applied to many different issues

How parents can benefit from Community Mapping:

  • Parents who were unable to participate in the program can still assess the safety of allowing their children to walk to school by referencing the online map from their computers
  • They can continually reassess the safety of the routes to school because data can be instantly updated as conditions change

How township officials and schools can benefit from Community Mapping:

  • Data can be shown to anyone at any time, creating a permanent and tangible resource, extending the audience and  raising awarenesson the issue at any point after the event has occurred
  • Interactive maps can be easily added to any school website, customizing their survey and maps to match their goals and concerns
  • Township officials will have a virtual “checklist” of areas that need improvement
  • Can keep citizens informed of their progress on maintenance projects designed to make their towns safer and healthier

 

Without the addition of GIS technology and Community Mapping to the Safe Routes to School Initiative, the program ends as soon as the volunteers go home. The Community Mapping aspects prolongs the life of the initiative and makes the results accessible to everyone, including township officials, school administrators, parents, and those interested in starting similar initiatives.

Bike and Walk (Safe Routes to School)
  • IMSOCIO, Franklin Township- Safe Routes to School-  http://www.imsocio.org/srtsinfo/ (SRTS information and interactive maps)   SRTS 2012
  • Bike New Brunswick- http://www.mappler.com/bikenb
  • Chatham Township Walkway and Bikeway Plan- http://www.mappler.com/chathamtwp
  • Child Pedestrian Health & Safety Audit (Student Project)- http://www.mappler.com/yahmed
  • Healthy Coastal Connections Project- http://www.bikenwalk.com/smartcoastinfo
  • Princeton Junction Station Bike Rack Study- http://www.mappler.com/bikerack
  • Train Station Access: Bike and Walk New Brunswick, NJ- http://www.mappler.com/nbbikerack
  • West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance: Safe Routes Inventory-http://maps.gismap.us/wwbpa
  • Woodbridge Pioneering Healthy Communities- http://www.bikenwalk.com/woodbridge
  • Woodbridge Township Walkability Audit- http://www.bikenwalk.com/woodbridgewalk