ORcycle Bicycle App Improves Reporting Capabilities
SALEM — The ORcycle application for smartphones is getting an update, and safety advocates hope it will encourage riders to send in reports about problems on the transportation system so the proper road authorities can investigate and fix, if warranted. When the app was launched this time last year, users voluntarily submitted data only to researchers at Portland State University. With this update, users will have a “report safety issue” option and they can voluntarily send that report directly to the Ask ODOT Citizens Representative Office during a one year pilot program. Ask ODOT will send the safety report to the appropriate ODOT District or, if it is not a state facility, to the local road authorities.
Researchers at PSU will continue to receive the information voluntarily provided by users of the app, including reports of “crashes or near-misses.” These reports give planners valuable data about route usage, crashes and near-misses, infrastructure issues and more.