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March 20, 2020

Ride Illinois Partners with OurStreets

Do you ever see cars where they shouldn’t be? How about dangerous driving behavior or other issues on Illinois roads? We know you do. Now, through a partnership with OurStreets – we’re asking you to report it! OurStreets is an exciting new app that makes it fast and easy to document problems you see anytime, anywhere. The app is available at no cost in the App Store for Apple devices, and Google Play for Android.

Reporting an issue with OurStreets is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. See an issue while you’re out and about, such as a car in a bike lane, a car parked near a fire hydrant, or an aggressive driver
  2. Snap a photo, add some info, and submit a report
  3. OurStreets will take care of the rest!

OurStreets is a reporting tool, and the more people that use it – the better it gets. Ride Illinois will be able to see the reported problem areas and share them with local authorities and organizations to highlight enforcement needs and infrastructure changes. When you document dangerous behavior, it doesn’t remedy the problem in real time. But – it gives us critical and detailed information that we can use to make the case for infrastructure improvements leading to safer streets for all users.

OurStreets is partnering with cities and organizations all over the country and Ride Illinois is thrilled to announce this partnership. We’re particularly excited because OurStreets can be used all over the state – from Rockford, to Quincy, to Springfield, to Carbondale! It was very important to Ride Illinois that the app could be used by and benefit Illinois residents in cities and towns of all sizes. After all, we are a state-wide bike advocacy organization!

A bonus with OurStreets is if you aren’t able or don’t feel comfortable reporting on the spot, you can still take a photo so the time and location gets recorded via your phone. You can then report it later when you have the time, or when the offender isn’t there to take issue with your report.

Download the OurStreets app today and start reporting those issues!

Note: In situations where city services need to be deployed, such as bike lane glass/debris or snow/ice removal – you should still report the issue to city services. There may come a time where OurStreets will encompass this function, but for now your local city service is the best way to report those types of hazards.