RoadGuardian

Recently, some of us were discussing what cyclists can do to protect themselves against ignorance and negative actions based on it. Well, one of the best things we can do is to record and disseminate information on reckless or inconsiderate drivers, dangerous roads and intersections, etc.

roadguardian-staticFortunately, Joe Mizereck and Max Jones of Safe Cycling, LLC, the folks behind the 3 Feet Please campaign, have created RoadGuardian.com for just such a purpose. Hailed as “the first global tool for reporting, marking and sharing the geo-locations for cycling incidents and trouble spots,” Road Guardian allows users to report and search for incidents involving motorized vehicles and cyclists in an region. Among other things, the site is integrated with Google Maps, thus allowing users to drill down to actual street views where incidents occurred.

RoadGuardian.com has the potential to be a fantastic resource for cyclists everywhere, and even for those who are in a position to influence decisions concerning bicycling infrastructure and protective legislation on behalf of cyclists. I strongly encourage readers to check it out, and especially to increase its power and value by reporting incidents and by offering Joe and Max your suggestions for how to improve the site. Joe is financing all of this out of his own pocket, by the way, so you might consider buying a t-shirt to help him out.

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2 responses to “RoadGuardian

  1. I checked out the RoadGuardian site, they perhaps need to add a category ” verbal confrontations with inconsiderate motorists” on second thought that may overwhelm their site. See you tonight?
    There are several of us considering the Tour De Donut,so lets be in touch. Wouldn’t it be cool to have a good group to car pool down. It looks like a fun event.

    • I was thinking the same thing, both about the need for space to list those sorts of incidents and the potential for overwhelming the site. Maybe they could devise a technological solution would somehow circumvent the problem of clutter. I also think there needs to be a way, especially on the local level, of drawing attention to bad streets, dangerous intersections, etc. We should recommend these things to them.

      I can’t believe there’s momentum building for the Tour de Donut! That’s awesome. OK, let’s put our heads together and see what we can do. MUCH to my chagrin, I’m going to miss tonight’s ride again. I have an obligation on campus. I am LONG overdue for a ride these days. It’s killing me.