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As part of an effort to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2024, the District Department of Transportation will hold a Vision Zero “hackathon” on Saturday at the OpenGov Hub, where participants will be able to analyze years of data.
The event reflects one of the prongs of Vision Zero: the effective use of data to keep commuters of all modes secure. Other strategies include engineering streets, educating the public, and enforcing laws. The District released a Vision Zero action plan in December: It emphasizes preventing dangerous driving, making streets safer, and transparency.
“During the event, participants will brainstorm and code their way to fresh insights about transportation safety, using newly released open data on traffic crashes and enforcement,” a notice from DDOT reads. “The hackathon will convene diverse groups to analyze information, exchange ideas, and showcase new data visualizations, apps, GIS analysis, and other insights to senior city leadership.”
The data covers 2010 to 2014, including roughly 110,000 crash records, more than four million moving violations, and over 17 million parking violations that are geotagged. Given this bulk, DDOT plans to release the datasets today so transportation experts, urban planners, academics, advocates, and citizen hackers can dive into it before Saturday.
Although physical capacity for the event may be limited to about 100 people, DDOT notes that the data will become publicly available online, so theoretically anyone from around the world could access it for study. Saturday will also likely not be the last Vision Zero hackathon as additional geo-coded traffic datasets become available in the future.
OpenGov Hub is located at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW, Suite 500. The hackathon will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (You can register here.)
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